Teachers Recall the One-Room Country School

BEATRICE – One room country school house teachers recounted stories of the past, during an event at the Homestead National Monument of America, on Sunday.

Donna Wurst-Berg taught in ten one-room schools in Seward County.  She said in two of the schools, she remembers accessing the basement through hinged doors in the floor, performing a task not typically part of a teacher’s role.

:27                  “than that”

Nora Norton, later Nora Pierson, remembers receiving one year of high school training before teaching country school near Walker, Minnesota.  She taught about 20 students from first through eighth grade…about ten minutes for each subject area.

:26                  “a mile.. home”

She and her husband were stationed at the Homestead National Monument in 1970, living in a residence on the grounds of the National Park.

Esther Preston-Tegtmeier graduated from Lewiston and then taught four years in a country school she had attended.

:15                  “true, today”

This week, the National Country Schools Association Conference is being held at Southeast Community College, in Beatrice.

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