Ozarks Teacher Corps Students Honored in Thomasville


Students in the inaugural class of the Ozarks Teacher Corps were recognized during a luncheon ceremony at the Rural Education Rendezvous hosted by the Rural Schools Partnership on Thursday, May 6, 2010.  18 Ozarks college students inducted into the Ozarks Teacher Corps by John White, the deputy assistant secretary for rural outreach in the U.S. Department of Education.  White described the Ozarks Teacher Corps as an innovative program that he hopes can be replicated in other rural communities.  “We know rural philanthropy is alive and well and we’re going to try to set the stage to help more rural schools and communities invest in and rebuild themselves,” White said.

 The students will receive $4,000 annual scholarships. In return, they will commit to teaching for at least three years in a rural school. A number of the students are interested in returning to their hometowns. The students also will serve as teacher interns and explore rural education issues as part of their studies.  In addition to the scholarships, each student will receive a free membership to the Rural Schools Innovation Network, a training and networking program of the Rural School and Community Trust.

    The Ozarks Teachers Corps program is made possible by the Chesley and Flora Lea Wallis Scholarship Fund, a $1.7 million fund of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, which sponsors the Rural Schools Partnership.