Ozarks Teacher Corps Heads to Leeton

Members of the Ozarks Teacher Corps (2011 class pictured) will make the first of four quarterly road trips October 4, this time to Leeton, Missouri.

Tomorrow (October 4) the 25 members of the Rural Schools Partnership’s nationally recognized Ozarks Teacher Corps will trek north to Leeton, Missouri to learn more about one of Missouri’s most innovative rural districts. The event, hosted by Leeton superintendent Susan Crooks, will allow Corps students to learn about the district’s Bulldog Express, a student-run grocery store on Main Street; an exemplary school-based community library in partnership with the county library system; and a greenhouse program with an entrepreneurial flair.

Leeton and its Bulldog Express have been featured in numerous national publications and last fall hosted a board meeting of The Rural School and Community Trust, a partner in the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ Rural Schools Partnership effort.

“Leeton is truly an exemplary school district,” said CFO executive vice­­­-president Julie Leeth. “This will be an opportunity for these outstanding future rural teachers to see first-hand what can be accomplished in a rural district.  Leeton folks have certainly rolled up their sleeves and gotten stuff done.”

Teacher Corps participants will also hear about Leeton’s Rural Schools Partnership Coover Place-Based Grant, which the district received from CFO last spring.

The Ozarks Teacher Corps is a competitive program for future teachers who wish to return to their hometowns or teach in other rural Missouri districts. If selected for the program, students receive a $4,000 annual scholarship and attend site visits and seminars related to rural education and policy issues.