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(Kerry McDonald, Activist Post) On a quiet street in the tiny town of Abbyville, Kansas, population 83, lies Re*Wild Family Academy. Founded earlier this year by former Kansas public school teacher Devan Dellenbach, this rural microschool about an hour outside of Wichita currently serves 10 homeschooled children of varying ages from the local community. It is expanding this fall to include more children and more offerings.
I recently visited Dellenbach’s microschool that she runs from the main level of her home, a beautifully renovated small church with tall ceilings and bountiful natural light. She and her husband, who is also a Kansas public school teacher, purchased and restored the building over a decade ago after their previous home in a nearby town was destroyed by a tornado.
When her oldest child, now 14, was born, Dellenbach decided to leave teaching to be a stay-at-home mom. As kindergarten approached, she didn’t like the idea that her five-year-old would have to spend 45 minutes on a bus ride each way to…Entrepreneurial Teachers Create New Education Options For Rural Families – Activist Post