Megan Kell, a HHS graduate, was selected as a new member of the Ozarks Teacher Corps scholarship program.

A Houston High School graduate was recently named the recipient of a $4,000 annual award in return for her commitment to teach in a rural district after her graduation from Missouri State University.

Megan Kell was selected as a new member of the Ozarks Teacher Corps scholarship program. She was one of 15 college students awarded scholarships in the new Ozarks Teacher Corps group recognized at the May 5 Rural Schools Partnership conference in Thomasville.

In return for the scholarships, the students commit to teaching for at least three years in a rural school. The students also will serve as teacher interns and explore rural education issues as part of their studies.

In her successful essay application for the program, Kell talked about how rural schools serve as a backbone for communities and provide a sense of pride.

“What sustains small, rural towns in today’s economic hard times? Many factors contribute, but the constant thread is the existence of the school in each of these towns,” Kell wrote.

The Ozarks Teacher Corps was inaugurated in 2010 with its first group of recipients, several of whom are graduating this year and have accepted teaching positions in rural Ozarks school districts. The OTC students meet as a group four times a year for field experiences and training opportunities.

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.

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