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Redefining Rural exists to elevate, celebrate, and change the way we think about rural education, communtiies, and opportuntiies in Colorado. The Redefining Rural Team is made up of three active and passtionate rural leaders. Kirk Banghart, Chief Facillitator of the Colorado  background as as superintendent and principal in rural areas give him a broad perspective of the rural landscape. A resident of Salida, he enjoys spending time with his family and is an amazing photographer. A former rural superintendent, Denille LePlatt is the Director of Rural Services at the Colorado Department of Education. She has been instrumental in leading collaborative rural efforts statewide while residing near Trinidad. 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.