Salem Chooses Elsie Macon
As “Miss Student Teacher”
By Jean Davenport
Elsie Macon of Raleigh began
her exams with a new idenity, that
of Miss Representative Student
Teacher of Salem College. After
facing a “screening committee” of
Salem faculty members and school
officials, Elsie was notified of her
She completed her practice teach
ing before Christmas in the first
and second grades at Sedge Gar
den and North Elementary schools.
“The best teacher is one who
really loves to teach,” observed
An elementary teacher has a big
challenge, Elsie claims^ She has
to teach her students how to read
from the very beginning. She
added that, “sometimes they don’t
even know how to tell time or to
tie their shoes.”
Elsie thinks that it’s most im
portant that her students like her,
although an elementary teacher has
to maintain discipline. “Dislike of
his teacher can make a child hate
school all the way through.”
Elsie ^ound that by treating her
students as people who have ideas
and problems of their own she be
came a friend as well as a teacher.
The success of her philosophy is
apparant in the attitude of one of
her little girls who said, “When
I grow up I’m going to change my
name to Miss Macon.
When she was a counsellor at
Camp Morehead two summers ago,
Elsie-became interested in teaching
small children. She had a group
of six and seven year olds. “I
washed faces, brushed teeth and
tied shoes all summer and loved
it.” she said.
Some of her children at Sedge
Garden had never been on a train.
As part of a unit on transportation,
she planned a train trip. Eiarly
one morning Elsie took “her child
ren” to the train station in Greens
boro. They toured the station,
bought tickets, and boarded the
train for Winston-Salem.
The children ate candy sent by
the father of one of the students.
The porter demonstrated making
up a berth, and Elsie said she had
as good a time as the children.
Elsie will represent Salem at a
North Carolina Education Asso
ciation meeting in Asheville in
March. There she will be pre
sented along with other Repre
sentative Student Teachers from
A senior at Salem, Elsie has a
major in English. This year she
is president of the L R. S. and
associate editor of the annual. She
is also a member of the May Day
committee and has been a member
of Future Teachers of America for
She has been a member of the
Salemite Staff for four years and
was president of the Canterbury
Club her junior year. She has also
been vice-president of the Art
Club and assistant editor of the^
Mrs. Maurita Cox Hughes has
been named a new member of the
Salem College faculty. Mrs.
Hughes is a graduate of Wmthrop
College in Rock Hill, S. C. and will
be a part time instructor in the
Home Economics Department. She
will teach beginning and advanced
clothing courses. Mrs. Hughes is
the wife of Rev. James C. Hughes.
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Salem F. T. A. members voted
on a proposed state constitution
Tuesday night, Feb. 3, and ratified
it. In the absence of both presi
dent and vice-president, Dr. Welch
took over the meeting. Plans were
begun for attending the NCEA an
nual convention in Asheville on
March 26, 27, and 28.
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Dr. Dale Gramley will lead a
panel discussion at W. C. U. N. C.
in Greensboro next Tuesday and
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with Religious Emphasis Week
The subject of the panel will tj
religion and education.
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Mayor Kurfees of Winston-Salem
has appointed Dr. Gramley chair
man of the Winston-Salem Educa
tion Television Committee, which
will study possible use and de
velopment of educational television
This Committee is a part of a
state wide commission appointed
by Governor William Umstead to
investigate educational possibilities
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The Executive Committee of the
North Carolina Foundation ol
Church Related Colleges, of which
Dr. Gramley is secretary-treasurer,
will meet at Salem, Thursday, Feh
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