Abstract: Clyde Spiceland discusses his teaching career in the Land Between the Lakes region of Tennessee from the 1920s to the 1960s. He describes the teaching positions he held, the location of those appointments, his responsibilities and his assessment of the one room schoolhouse in rural communities. Spiceland comments upon graduation ceremonies, standardized testing and the availability of books for students. Due to the extent and length of his involvement with Stewart County schools, he is able to recall certificate requirements, salary increases, employment practices and the gradual movement toward consolidation of schools. On the personal side, Spiceland adds some illuminating details to the history of his family as well as personal memories on various incidents.
Biographical / Historical note: Clyde Spiceland was born in 1905, in the Snyder community of Stewart County, Tennessee. He was one of ten children, nine of whom entered the teaching profession. He graduated Dover High School in 1924. Soon afterwards, he received his first teaching appointment at the Bell Wood School. His teaching career covered 41 years, 38 of which were devoted to the Stewart County Educational institutions. His last position in the Land Between the Lakes region was at the Model School at Model, Tennessee, where he both taught and served as principal.
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