Bobbie Jo Bright

Director of AREN

As Director of the Arkansas Rural Educator Network (AREN), Bobbie Jo provides oversight and management for a philanthropic project with 25 rural school districts across the state of Arkansas. The network is designed to increase collaboration among rural Arkansas district and school leaders and to provide customized school improvement support to partnering districts.

Bobbie Jo taught for 19 years in K4-4th grades in South and North Carolina, and spent five years as an instructional coach and TAP master teacher in Greenville, South Carolina. During her work in public schools, she was a mentor and evaluator trainer for the state of South Carolina.

Bobbie Jo was born in Chicago, but became a South Carolinian at the age of 5, where she attended public schools until graduation. She earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education at the University of South Carolina-Upstate, and a master's in education at North Greenville University.

 Bobbie Jo  Bright

Why are you passionate about working at NIET?

The work at NIET aligns with my values as an educator. This organization embodies a group of professionals who are doing the hard work to improve education for all students, regardless of where they live. The students of today deserve the very best from us as we work to help them secure their future, and members of NIET strive to give their very best.

What was your favorite subject in school and why?

My favorite subject in school was English. I love to read most genres, and enjoy writing as well. As Thomas Jefferson said, "I cannot live without books."

What do you do in your free time?

In my free time, I will most likely be spending time with my grandchildren, reading, or building relationships with my adult children.