Gary Funk

Gary Funk

Gary Funk is the founding Director of Rural Schools Collaborative and formerly worked at the the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, a rural philanthropy innovator. Gary spent two decades in public and higher education as a teacher, professor, and administrator. While at Missouri State University, he co-founded the Southwestern Bell Literacy Center, the Storefront School for at-risk children, and the Center for Outstanding Schools. He and his wife, Jana, live on a small farm near Cambridge, Wisconsin, where they have been engaged in conservation work and community philanthropy. They have two grown children

How rural schools can inspire students to value their small towns–not just flee them

This is an interview with Gary Funk, the founding Director of Rural Schools Collaborative, based in Cambridge, Wisconsin. The interview was conducted by Ryan Fowler of TNTP. A longer version of this post appeared on the TNTP blog.  Q: Can you talk about your background in rural education, and how you got involved with Rural Schools Collaborative? A: I began as an elementary school… Read more →

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