Ethlyn Parry Taylor, KS
For her outstanding contributions as an elementary school teacher, Ethlyn is recognized on the Donors’ Wall of Fame by Charley Taylor of Bloomington, Indiana.
According to Charley:
“Ethlyn Parry Taylor graduated from high school on her 17th birthday in Manhattan, Kansas. She had already signed a $90.00 per month contract to begin teaching in a one room schoolhouse in September 1943. Elm Slough District was 12 miles from her farm home, so she had board and room a quarter mile from school.
Her contract was based on a “Special War Time Emergency Teaching Certificate.” The certificate was renewable each year upon completing eight hours of college credit each summer. Her teaching career ended in May 1948 when she and her husband, Charley Taylor, moved to Bloomington, Indiana.
The following is a portion of a recent letter from a St. George student:
“I guess as one approaches certain mileposts in one’s life, we tend to recall special times of your lives. I remember being in your fifth and sixth grade classes and having such a good time, but learning, too. I read a great deal and that has stayed with me always. I recall you taking me to a movie as a reward for spelling. I definitely have wonderful, warm, and rewarding memories—and I thank you, even 48 years later, for those experiences.”
Pat Clary Vining
Ethlyn Parry Taylor is honored to become part of “The National Teachers Hall of Fame.”
Ethlyn began her career in a one room schoolhouse. She taught elementary grades first through eighth in Elm Slough, Zeandale, and St. George, Kansas. Ethlyn taught a total of five years.
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