This is a photo of the actual building that was my school from 2nd through 8th grades. It was called Fairview at the time, and was located half way between Auburn and Brownville, Nebraska. It is now an art gallery located in Brownville.
During the years that I attended Fairview (Sept 1953 – May 1960), I was the only kid in my class (talk about personalized learning!) and I had the same teacher the whole time – Vera Mae Smith.
Is it a coincidence that this vestige of my childhood has been preserved by being transformed to an art gallery (most one-room schools have long since vanished) and that during my 16 years in the classroom I was an art teacher?
I’ve been thinking a lot about how my grade school experience influenced me and my outlook on education – I’ll be writing about it in a series of blogs, beginning today.