The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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Written by Victoria D.  Karen had been a teacher for 35 years. She and her husband Charlie told me about a particular few years when she worked in not a

Karen was a teacher for 35 years. For most of those years she taught Kindergarteners or First graders. She taught fifth graders too, for a little while, but she didn't like that as much.  At one point in about 1976, she had to teach in a very low income district, where the school was a tiny, two room schoolhouse. It looked just liked an old schoolhouse in a storybook, a tiny red box just sat up on its own at the end of the road. The other teacher there was Karen's mentor, Mrs. Hayden. She was an older lady, already old when Karen first started teaching. She was big and tall and solid with the classic white hair pulled back in a bun. She collected dolls and showed Karen the ropes.  A lot of the children didn't have anything, not even shoes. So Karen would always be bringing in snacks and clothes for them. She would have to give them to the nurse to give to the kids.

Charlie went to the school one day and make a little installation- one part general store, one part dress up area. Karen would use to to teach the kids how to shop: how to make change and pay for things. When she wasn't teaching that, she would get to take them outside for recess at least, that is, until bears were spotted in the woods.

 

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Written by Victoria D. Karen had been a teacher for 35 years. She and her husband Charlie told me about a particular few years when she worked in not a "normal" school but a two room schoolhouse. She says that although the facilities weren't as nice as she may have had at a higher income school, working in the schoolhouse was incredibly rewarding.

Decade: 1970s
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Recorded by Matthew Ross Smith on March 11, 2014
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