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Anderson County Schools
Teaching Certificates Issued August, 1888

Teachers' examinations were offered from one to four times a year. The certificates issued were valid from sixth months (with a "Third Grade" certification), to a year ("Second Grade") and two years for those who earned a "First Grade" certificate. Salaries were also determined by experience and the higher rated certificate, so the "First Grade" rating was sought by all who took the test.

Certification also determined which grades you could teach. A "First Grade" certificate allowed you to teach 1st-12th grade, a "Second Grade" from 7th grade down, and "Third Grade" recipients could only teach the primary grades.

"Summer Institutes" were held during the month of August, with experienced teachers conducting classes in curriculum, teaching methods and classroom management to those hoping to become teachers. Most counties required you to attend these institutes before taking your exam.

Lifetime certification could be earned at a university when the graduate demonstrated for three years that he/she was a successful teacher.

First Grade: Second Grade: Third Grade:
Frank F. Sharon Madora Everline Grace White
Ida Stidham C. H. Oman Sam S. Irwin
Nannie B. Hunter Jessie M. Craig Orpha Barney
A. B. Barnum Esmah Woodcock Tirza Robinson
Arthur Foster Fannie King E. K. Robinett
Ella Harrison G. W. Bierly Carrie S. Cullin
C. T. Richardson Lizzie Downing Josie McCoole
Sadie Moore Isabelle Sutton C. A. McEwin
Leah B. Hedges N. Spriggs
Ziliah Keffer Emma G. Young
James H. McEwin John E. Kibbler
C. A. Lowry Alzie Pomeroy
Flora M. Anderson Victoria Wallace
C. T. Cox Emma Smiley
Belle Walker Mrs. C. A. Fathwell
Luman N. Judd Laura Douglas
Mertie Woodcock Bertha Melton
J. B. White George W. DePoe
Ethel V. Hearst L. F. McLelland
Della McDaniel J. W. Mertz
Lou E. Tillson Ethel M. Potter
Laura Gregg Lyman L. Elliott
W. L. Upham George Taunreather
Belle Caswell Ruth T. Stokes
Fannie L. Weld Nannie Frank
Phila J. Randall Lulu B. Brown
Kate Walgamot Maud Young
G. W. Smith Mamie Smith
Mattie Stewart
Laura Keffer
Ida O'Hara
E. M. Burns
Alice Sayre
Lola Borun
Annie Hutchison

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