Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt is an illustration from a pottery and craft class. While there are no art instructors in my family tree, there are plenty of teachers, teachers who encouraged creativity as a way to increase their students' enjoyment, understanding, and retention of what they were teaching.
My grandaunt Velma Davis Woodring was widowed early and had no children. There was nothing to keep her in Martinsburg, West Virginia. She enjoyed traveling. She craved adventure. So why not apply for a teaching position with the Department of Defense Dependents School? DoDDS serves the children of military stationed overseas with the purpose of ensuring that American children get an American education.
In the late 1950s-early 1960s, Velma taught in Japan and South Korea. She also served as principal.
|Aunt Velma with students at the DoDDS in Korea|
Some of the photos might have been taken when Velma was principal. The classroom looks typically American. The artwork displayed neatly on the bulletin board and stapled artfully above the blackboard reminds me of every classroom I ever sat in during my own school days.
A unit on the Vikings would not be complete without drawings of ships.
Snowflake snowmen? The perfect activity for a lesson on um, er uh, weather? Geometry? Whatever, you have to admire the kid who put the snowman in a hammock.
Velma herself was creative. She sewed a number of quilts but she also dabbled in painting. She was no VanGogh, but she was proud enough of several works to frame them.
|This hangs in my guestroom.|
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