Date: April 19, 2010
Subject: Ozarks Teacher Corp Participants Announced
Contact: Gary Funk, president, (417) 864-6199
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO) and its Rural Schools Partnership are proud to announce the inaugural class of the Ozarks Teacher Corps. The Ozarks Teacher Corps is a cadre of 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. In addition, awardees will be members of the national Rural School and Community Trust’s Rural Schools Innovation Network, maintain excellent academic credentials, and receive an annual scholarship of $4,000. This program is made possible by the Chesley and Flora Lea Wallis Scholarship Fund, a $1.7 million Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ charitable fund.
The inaugural Ozarks Teacher Corps includes 18 Ozarks college students at the sophomore and junior levels. A minimum of eight new participants will be added each spring. Over time, the Ozarks Teacher Corps will develop a growing network of educator-activists who recognize the importance of rural education to a sustainable American society. CFO officials also believe this effort has the potential to attract and leverage additional funders. David Pointer of Gainesville, CFO chairman-elect said, “I feel this program addresses a critical need by helping rural communities' best and brightest return to, and thereby strengthen their local communities.” These sentiments were echoed by Dr. David Brown, associate dean of Missouri State University’s College of Education: “Rural schools are the heart of rural communities and it is vitally important to have well trained role models as teachers who understand these communities, the families and the culture unique to each.”
This year’s students come from Drury University, Missouri State University, Missouri State University-West Plains, and Ozarks Technical Community College. The inaugural members and their respective hometowns, colleges, and majors are as follows:
Class of ‘12
Class of ‘11
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is a public foundation established in 1973. It supports asset development, community-based grant making, organizational collaboration, and leadership initiatives throughout southern Missouri. The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is comprised of 41 affiliate community foundations and more than 1,700 charitable funds totaling approximately $146 million.
Community Foundation of the Ozarks
425 E. Trafficway
Springfield, MO, 65806
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