Anna Kathleen McCarroll was born one year before The Great Depression and she will laugh and say she brought The Depression with her. Even though she grew up during The Depression, she made her way through school and then college. Her father always insisted she go to a “city school” seeing she would get a better education there rather than the “one room” schoolhouse in the country where she lived.
In high school, the librarian took Kathleen under her wing and taught her all about the library, including the Dewey decimal system, which later earned her a paid position at Hiwassee College where she attended school. When World War ll broke out, teachers were in short demand. The school board approached Kathleen and ask if she would accept a teaching position. She was only eighteen.
Her first assignment was a “one room” schoolhouse way out in the country. The students were rowdy, undisciplined, and some were just down-right mean. There had been two other men teachers before her and they both had quit within a matter of weeks. Kathleen however kept her position, which was the beginning of a thirty-five-year teaching career in the Monroe County school system.
Mrs. McCarroll, Kathleen, was a strict teacher and a good one. Most parents wanted their children in her room because they learned better and got higher scores than in any of the other teachers’ classes. The nickname she acquired through the years was “Machine Gun McCarroll.” This is because she was not afraid to paddle anyone who got out of line. Her superintendent once told her that of all his teachers he never received one complaint concerning her. There are still many of her students around today, but much older, who can tell you stories about her with warmth and admiration of the times they had Mrs. McCarroll as their teacher.
As for Kathleen’s writing, she remembers writing her first story. When her cousin insisted on reading it, she laughed and told her it was no good. This of course hurt Kathleen’s feelings, but like her teaching, she was determined and never stopped writing. Teaching and writing were the love of her life. With stacks and stacks of articles, poems, and stories, she eventually wrote a book but she never sold a one, because she always gave them away---free to anyone who wanted one and she still does this to this very day at the tender age of ninety-two.
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