Redefining Rural exists to elevate, celebrate, and change the way we think about rural education, communities, and opportunIties in Colorado. The Redefining Rural Team is made up of three active and passionate rural leaders.

Kirk Banghart, Chief Facilitator of the Colorado Rural Education Collaborative. His background as a superintendent and principal in rural areas gives him a broad perspective of the rural landscape. A resident of Salida, he enjoys spending time with his family and is an amazing photographer.

Denille LePlatt, Executive Director at South Central & San Luis Valley BOCES. She has been instrumental in leading collaborative rural efforts statewide. Residing near Trinidad with her husband and two boys, she is an avid competitor in the National Reined Cowhorse Association.

Michelle Murphy, Executive Director of the Colorado Rural Schools Alliance, is a passionate and fiery advocate with a true heart for supporting rural schools and students across the state. Michelle resides in Lafayette with her two boys and beloved dog, Max.



Redefining Rural is a Colorado podcast dedicated to rural education, leadership, and innovation, hosted by Kirk Banghart, Denille LePlatt, and Michelle Murphy.

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