Rural Schools Partnership Introduces 2014 Class of the Ozarks Teacher Corps

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.

The Corps was the subject of this week’s CFO Community column in the News-Leader. You can read the entire column hereClick here to learn more about the Teacher Corps.

The CFO’s column runs weekly in rotation with other organizations on the News-Leader’s Community page, which is published daily. We appreciate this opportunity to share our work with News-Leader readers across the region.