|Built in 1917, I think, after country schools could no longer handle the growing numbers of High School students. It became an elementary school when a new high school was completed in the county seat.|
An elementary school located in small rural areas during the 1950s were a toss-up when it came to teachers. Many elements affected quality and availability.
Teachers were often women during the 1940s who simply took a tests, demonstrating intelligence and understanding of teaching requirements. After WW2 ended, some of these women returned home. Others were of retirement ages anyway, they stayed for money's sake, but were required to upgrade teaching skills annually. Some were good and caring, but others rode broomsticks to school.
Our third grade class was blessed with one of a few very few special teachers: Mrs. Mary Ellen Willard. Unusual in many ways, Mrs. Willard was well-educated, had a teacher credential, and much experience. Following our class, she taught for thirty-one years, mainly in our small rural town.
Of the class of 15 students, there were three of us who whizzed through an entire year's curriculum in the first six weeks. What to do with Scott, Patty, and me? So, what to do with we three?
Mrs. Willard, now I recognize in looking back, let us pursue our creative instincts. She required spelling tests and math tests, but cut the string, basically and silently gave permission to have at it.
Such set up a life-time of learning! Think of all the other bright students who benefited with her approach to teaching!
May God bless Mrs. Willard and all other teachers who share her love for learning.