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Washington Teacher Named 2019–2020 College Board Rural Teacher of the Year

Allen Pratt, executive director of the National Rural Education Association, announced the selection of Brandi Varnell, RN as the College Board National Rural Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Brandi Varnell teaches in the Sultan School District, in western Washington State. She teaches sports medicine/anatomy and physiology at Sultan High School which serves approximately 550 students in grades nine–12. The sports medicine program at Sultan High School is part of the district’s Career and Technical Education programs with STEM focus, and is a rigorous challenging program designed for students interested in future careers in medicine and other related health occupations. The program offers students the opportunity to learn industry relevant skills, serve and volunteer in their local community, and immerse themselves in the study of the human body in order to help prepare them for careers in medical fields.

To view more about BrandiVarnell, please view the full announcement.

2019 National Forum to Advance Rural Education Call for Presenters

Battelle for Kids and NREA are looking for dynamic presenters to positively impact attendees by sharing research, stories, resources, and ideas around this year’s theme, Leading Rural Together. All those who have an interest in presenting can register online. Please visit our Convention & Research Symposium page for more information on the convention.