The Rural Schools Partnership and the CFO are proud to introduce the 2014 class of the Ozarks Teacher Corps. This program, a cadre of teaching-education majors from universities across the Ozarks, includes a $4,000, two-year renewable scholarship courtesy of the Chesley and Flora Lee Wallis Foundation, Chesley and Flora Lea Wallis Trust, a $1.7 million Community Foundation of the Ozarks charitable fund. In exchange, graduates of the program agree to teach at least the first three years of their careers in a rural school, ideally their hometown.
The 2014 class of the Ozark Teacher Corps was introduced on April 23 at the Rural Schools Rendezvous in Fair Grove. The nine students include: (pictured, from left): Elizabeth Branstetter (MSU), Reeds Spring; Vincent McKee (MSU-WP), Cabool; Ashlee Jackson (Drury), Strafford; Emily Petty (MSU-WP), Ava; Lara Strong (MSU-WP), West Plains; Hannah Ramsey (MSU), Mountain Grove; Sarah Vaughan (MSU-WP), Cabool; Jami McConnell (Evangel), Marshfield; and Elaina Martin (MSU-WP), West Plains.
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