$(KGrHqJHJ!4E8+iZ5cl8BPRDzP73bw~~60_12Scan 45 Scan 44Mom’s teaching certificate from Danbury Normal School, 1936

Note: The term “normal school” originated in the early 16th century from the French école normale. The French concept of an école normale was to provide a school with classrooms to model teaching practices to its student teachers.The children being taught, their teachers, and the teachers of the teachers were often together in the same building. Although a laboratory school, it was the official school for the children.


Toni 5/28/15

2 thoughts on “DID SOMEONE SAY #TBT?

  1. My mother (Lillian Grace Main Babcock) graduated from Willimantic Normal School in
    1930 at the age of 18! From there she taught in a one-room school in Stonington. (I
    think!) and then in a one-room school in Sterling CT. where she met and married my
    father. Small world, Toni


    1. So, did you read the fine print? Mom, with 2 years of normal school at age 18, earned a certification to not only teach primary grades but also be a principal! It states that as long as there is a superintendent/supervising agent somewhere, she was good to go. I think I would have jumped at that. I wonder why she didn’t. Lillian Grace, love that name.


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