New England

The Rural Educational Leaders Network and Plymouth State University anchor our New England Hub.

The Rural Educational Leaders Network (RELN) at Plymouth State University (PSU) work collaboratively to bolster support for rural education in New Hampshire, and throughout the larger New England region consisting of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine.


Through access to a broader pool of experts in the field of rural education and the national networking provided through this partnership with RSC, RELN will be able to better support members in implementing what they have learned from the network within their schools.

Additionally, RELN will be able to work toward expanding its membership and programming into the rural areas of neighboring states.

Joe Hennessey - Dover-Foxcroft, ME

Joe Hennessey

Leading through the Transformative Power of Rural Education

Joe has been a teacher for 10 years, spending the majority of his tenure teaching eleventh and twelfth grades. He places a heavy value on the power of education as an asset to students’ personal growth and career development. Primarily an English teacher, Joe values the unique, one-of-a-kind community and education experience that rural areas, like Piscataquis County, can provide to students.

For him, education is as transformative and liberating as it is noble. Joe shares that one of the most rewarding aspects of education is “to actually experience the awe and the wonderment of being able to communicate with ideas across generations, civilizations, and eons; and to connect with those ideas and understand how that is still personally meaningful and relevant.”