My family and I moved from Lakenheath, where my dad was a middle school teacher, to Greenham Common in the fall of 1964 when he became the elementary school principal. The school was then located in the manor house at Greenham Close, a small housing area by the, at the time, inactive Greenham base. RAF Welford was nearby and active. I was in grades 2-4, my first American school experience after a Norwegian preschool and two years of British public school. (more…)
TEACHING IN ENGLAND IN ’54 WAS REALLY QUITE A TREAT. MY CLASSROOM WAS A QUONSET HUT, AND THE TOILET ACROSS THE STREET!
WE DIDN’T HAVE COMPUTERS, NOR MUCH OF WHAT WE HAVE TODAY, BUT WE DID HAVE STUDENTS WE CARED ABOUT, AND WE ALWAYS FOUND A WAY!
THE FIELD TRIPS WERE FANTASTIC! ENGLISH HISTORY BECAME REAL! THE MANY SIGHTS WE READ ABOUT WERE THERE TO SEE AND FEEL! (more…)
Burtonwood Air Force Base, Warrington, Lancashire, England
1953 – 1954
While attending the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, in June, 1953,1 decided to check out the possibility of teaching in the Dependent’s Schools.
The very small high school on Burtonwood Air Force Base needed a teacher and I was available. Thus began a most interesting and enjoyable year of teaching.
Some highlights in my memory of that year. (more…)