2019 Rural Teacher of the Year Cover Letter and Application 

All applications were due as hardcopy form or electronic form to the selection committee chairman by 5:00 pm on February 1, 2019.  The selection of the Montana Rural Teacher of the Year was completed by February 8, 2019. 

The 2019 Selection committee chairman is:
Susan Metcalf, PO Box 1310, Big Timber, MT. 59011-1310. 


2019 Montana Rural Teacher of the Year

Carolyn Wieringa, West Glacier Elementary School

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 2018 Montana Rural Teacher of the Year

Kathy Currie, Nye School, Stillwater County

2018 MT Rural Teacher of the Year.

Pictured Right:  MT Rural Teacher of the Year, Kathy Currie.  

Pictured Left:  Judy Martin, Stillwater County Superintendent of Schools


2017 Montana Rural Teacher of the Year

Jill Wilson, Woodman Elementary

Jill is currently teaching 3rd-5th and 4th-8th specials at Woodman School. This is her 10th teaching year at Woodman. Before that, she taught 3 years in Elk City, ID and also worked as a Fire Prevention Educator and did wildland fire suppression for the Nez Perce N.F. 

She received her teaching credentials from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. 

Jill enjoys the outdoors and is always finding ways to teach outside. She has taught at many summer camps, coached basketball, was a 4-H survival leader, is a NASP instructor, and is currently the MBI Youth coordinator with middle school students at Woodman as well as a hunter/bow hunter instructor for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. She also is an EF Tour group leader; taking students to Belize in June 2018. 

Jill was chosen as the 2017 Montana Rural Teacher of the Year. She enjoys many experiences with her husband, Mark; sons, Jace and Trevor; and their yellow lab, Tank in the great outdoors. 

Jill says, “Adventures await me every day--the world truly is my classroom! Lifelong learning is essential.”

2016 Montana Rural Teacher of the Year

Leah Shannon, Arrowhead Elementary School

Leah Shannon was selected by the Montana Association of County School Superintendents as the 2016 Montana “Rural Teacher of the Year”. Ms. Shannon was honored at the MACSS Spring Conference held in Great Falls, Montana in late March. Leah now enters the national competition sponsored by the National Rural Education Association and the Monsanto Foundation. Leah will be recognized next October in Columbus, Ohio at the NREA Annual Symposium and Conference. Leah and her school received a monetary award and will get her way paid for the national conference. Good luck Leah!