- Last Updated on April 27, 2012
- Written by CMI Staff
Congratulations to the 2012 class of the Ozarks Teacher Corps. The nine students representing four Ozarks universities were formally introduced on April 26 in Thomasville, Mo., during the annual Rural Schools Rendezvous. Each recipient is from a rural home town and–-in exchange for $4,000 for each of their final two years in school, plus a wealth of professional development opportunities–-will upon graduating agree to teach in a rural district for at least three years.
The goal of the Ozarks Teacher Corps is to develop talented teaching candidates who will explore rural education issues, serve as teacher interns in small schools, and commit to teaching in their respective home communities for at least three years. The overarching purpose of the Ozarks Teacher Corps is to encourage extremely capable and passionate young people to become educators and return to their rural hometowns as teacher-leaders.
This program is made possible by the Chesley and Flora Lea Wallis Trust, a $1.7 million Community Foundation of the Ozarks charitable fund, and also supported by the Henry J. and Lucille J. Straus Scholarship Fund.
The 2012 Ozarks Teacher Corps recipients are:
Jessica Bruce, Missouri State University, from Bolivar
Lillard (Del) Davis, Missouri State University-West Plains, from Mountain Grove
Amy Ginnings, Missouri State University, from Pleasant Hope
Deidre Quackenbush, Missouri State University, from Ava
Patricia Rodriguez, Missouri State University-West Plains, from West Plains
ReBena Sigman, Missouri State University-West Plains, from Cabool
Morgan Spencer, Evangel University, from Stark City
Ashley Tucker, Drury University, from Fair Grove
Myra Yost, Missouri State University-West Plains, from West Plains
Congratulations to all!