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Missouri Association of Rural Education


Rural Elementary Teacher


Mickey Burle is a self-motivated, hardworking, and a thoughtful teacher.  Now in her 20 th year as a valued member of the Linn Elementary School faculty, Mickey works tirelessly for her second grade students, with an outstanding . . .

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Rural Building Administrator


Melanie Rucker has dedicated the past seven years as an elementary school principal in the Chillicothe R-II school district.  Mrs. Rucker has made an enormous impact on the lives of students and the staff at the Central Elementary . . .

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Secondary Teacher

Joseph Murphy

Joseph Murphy, or as most people in Chilhowee know him as “Coach Murphy,” has been educating young people for many years.  Mr. Murphy’s teaching experiences have been focused in the subject area of physical education, . . .

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Rural District Administrator


Mr. Kenneth Cook is currently the District Superintendent of the Malden R-I School District. There is a common expression, “High expectations yield high results.”  This expression exemplifies the commitment that Mr. Cook has . . .

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Rural Senior High Student


A student of high standards, an achiever of academics, extra-curricular activities, school organizations and especially in life is Rileigh Grunden, currently a member of the Senior Class at Cole Camp High School, Cole Camp, Missouri. A . . .

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Rural Support Staff


Angie McFee is a woman of many skills, talents, and hats.  For the past four years, Mrs. McFee has been the glue that holds the Winston school district together.  Mr. McFee works as the District Accountant, District Administrative . . .

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Middle School Teacher


When you ask members of the Otterville staff to describe Melissa Westphal, they use such words as intelligent, capable, dedicated, and a personable young woman.  She is quick on her feet, with sensible reactions in all the circumstances . . .

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Rural School Board Member


Gary Doke has spent the last twenty-two years serving the students, parents, patrons and staff as a School Board Member working to improve and support the Halfway R-III School District. During his tenure on the board, Mr. Doke has been . . .

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