Rachel Garringer hails from southeastern West Virginia. She has written and edited for Scalawag since 2015 and is the founder and director of an ongoing oral history project called Country Queers. She attended West Virginia public schools K-12 and worked for an in-school dropout prevention organization in the county where she was raised from 2013-2015.
After a historic nine-day strike, West Virginia teachers return to their classrooms today. In their own words, they explain why they went on strike, and how this fight was about far more than education.