NREA Midweek Mail: May 3, 2023

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In case you missed them: Minnesota Teacher Perspectives from the I Am A Rural Teacher Project

is a collaborative project between Rural Schools Collaborative and the NREA. We aim to spread awareness about the rural teaching experience to shift the national narrative around rural education in a positive direction. Both of these outstanding educators were recognized as  by the , an NREA Affiliate.

has taught for over 20 years, with the past 14 being in Morris Area School District, and she connects deeply to teaching her students skills they will be able to use outside of the classroom, often with the help of community members.

"We have a fabulous community that is second to none, and my hope for rural communities is that everyone feels that way." - Jenny Maras

describes himself as a writer, communicator, counselor, drummer, and lover of music, hockey, movies, and the outdoors. And, Dave is an educator - teaching both special education and social studies for grades 6-12 at Cloquet Area Alternative Education Programs (CAAEP).

“Embrace what you have. Use a closer connection to the outdoors to your advantage. Revel in small class sizes that allow for building deeper, more varied relationships.” - Dave Perry

You can read more about and , and other amazing rural educators, on the I Am A Rural Teacher website! We are also always looking for new stories to share.
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