The Minnesota Rural Education Association reports that Pine City teacher Ryan Larson has been named a finalist for the 2020 National Rural Teacher of the Year Award. This award is presented by the National Rural Education Association.

MREA nominated Larson for the National Rural Teacher of the Year award. Seeing the potential in at-risk students with whom he worked in school led Larson to develop an interdisciplinary project-based learning program that incorporates core academic standards for English, math, science, social studies and more.

View a video of Larson from MREA at

“As a rural teacher, I am grateful I have the freedom to weave the outdoors, woodworking, and agriculture into my students’ English, science, math, and social studies course work,” Larson said. “Education is about real life, and teaching in a rural school allows me to show, not just tell, this to my students.”

View a video of Larson from MREA at

Or, read the previous Pine City Pioneer story about Larson being named a finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year at

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