Edna Johnson Thomas recalls her career as a school teacher in the Bitterroot Valley, teaching at Hamilton Heights, Etna School, and Corvallis in the early to mid-20th century. She describes the difficulties of being a 19-year-old woman teaching students who were difficult to deal with and of all different ages in a one- or two-room schoolhouse. Thomas discusses specific children with behavioral issues, such as bullies and boys shooting out school windows with shotguns, as well as students with developmental disabilities. She notes that she learned a lot from teaching.
Hamilton Heights School; Corvallis, Montana; Hamilton, Montana; Bitterroot Valley, Montana; Education, Montana; Schoolhouses, rural; Etna School; Ravalli County, Montana; One-room schoolhouses
Bitterroot Historical Society Oral History Project, OH 120, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (60 min.) analog + 1 transcript (3 p.: 28 cm.)
Thomas, Edna, "Edna Johnson Thomas Interview, circa 1978" (1978). Bitterroot Historical Society Oral History Project. 31.