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This is the beginning of the information that Glenda Chamberlin has gathered through research and personal interviews of the teachers who taught in the Wooley Creek School at one time or another.

The following list of teachers who taught at Wooley Creek School is not complete. Names for teachers in the earliest years of the school have not been found in our research thus far but the search for more information will continue. Little facts were known about the small rural schools until County Superintendents were elected and more efficient record keeping began. We appreciate any source of information that might be helpful in locating new information.  Wooley Creek was consolidated with Reeds Spring School in the Fall of 1952. (Click on teacher's name for biography)

The Teachers
At Wooley Creek School

Iva Porter year (s) unknown
Florence Meade 1916-17 
Iva Garrison possibly 1922-23; other years unknown
Gale Cope 1923-24;1924-25
Mrs Haddock - possibly 1925-26
Grace (Wheeler) Robberson 1926-27; 1927-28; 1928-29; 1929-30 
Irene (Ware) Calhoun 1930-31; 1931-32; 1932-33
Wayne Gentry 1933-34
Nell Stone year (s) unknown 
Otis Onnis 1938-39
Vera (Stone) Gamble 1939-40
Opal (Foster) Hudson 1940-41
Beulah (Henderson) Brown 1943-44
Oma (Foster) White - 1944-45
Lenora (Haynes Jones 1945-46
Ruth (Lawrence) Barnes-Luck 1946-47
Karrie Jones (Mrs. Clyde Jones) 1947-48; 1948-49; 1949-50; 1950-51
Vivian McTeer - 1951-52 (last teacher)

"The Backwoods School Teacher"
By Glenda Chamberlin

No pioneer in the Ozark wilderness
deserves more praise than the one room
rural school teacher. It took a hearty
breed to stand up against the odds.
These ranged from overgrown school
room bullies who practically dared a
teacher to give them any kind of
education, to braving storm and wind
in order to get this thankless job.
Most of the old country school teachers
had to travel several miles by horseback
or on foot each day, do the janitor work
at school along with teaching the 3 R’s”.
They were paid the fabulous wage of $15
to $20 a month. A thirty-dollar teacher
was considered to be on the “gravy train” for sure.



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