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Dr. Asbill assisting student at computer

Cassville is tucked away in the southwest Missouri Ozarks, just a few miles from Roaring River State Park. It’s a picturesque community, but very small. Many similarly sized towns across the state struggle to attract qualified teachers to their school districts, but Cassville seems to have figured out how to address the challenge. They grow Read More

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Ashley Angle, Jefferson City Teacher

Natural light floods Ashley Angle’s kindergarten classroom, illuminating boxes of holiday ornaments the children have made. Each ornament features a group of snowmen made from a child’s handprint. The bright red or blue bulbs each bear the name of a child and will be given to parents and guardians – a keepsake for years to Read More

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This morning marked day 11 of this teacher’s winter break, but it was day one for my quiet staycation at home after hectic holiday plans and a flooded basement. After a relaxing soak in the bathtub, I opened my computer to social media. When I opened my newsfeed, I noticed a story posted by a Read More

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Dr. Duane Widhalm, Lebanon R-III

Lebanon R-III is not immune to the challenges that many districts face across the country. Sixty-two percent of its students receive free or reduced-price lunch. There was a time when the district battled low graduation rates. But if you ask Lebanon R-III Superintendent Dr. Duane Widhalm what makes the district and community special to him, it’s simple. Read More

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Susie Rahlmann Sits Down with Students

Susie Rahlmann and education seemed like a perfect match, at least to one person. Growing up in Fredericktown, a small community in southeast Missouri, Rahlmann spent plenty of time around children. Her high school agriculture teacher, Tom Mooney, had an idea where this might lead. “I would see her around little kids,” said Mooney. “They lit Read More

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Teacher Moments – Lucy Shrout & Carol Robertson

A good-sized snake rests under a heat lamp inside a glass tank in Lucy Shrout’s sixth-grade science class. He’s a big hit with the students, even (or especially) when it’s time to feed him a live mouse or two. Lucy says the kids will occasionally handle the ball python and enjoy having him in their Read More