Teaching in the N.Y. City school system
An undated early class photo of Anna, a detail from a 5" x 7" mounted studio photo.
Considering the importance Anna attached to the
40 plus years she spent teaching
in the N.Y.C. school system, the official material is a little thin.
I found several job assignment slips but the last was dated 1926,
at least 20 years before her retirement
from the city school system.
It's also not clear where she attended college or trained as a teacher, but
Anna's NYC teachers retirement program - instituted in 1920 -
covered her as of 1907.
That would suggest she took 8 years of course work after
her 1899 graduation from L.I.C. High School and
that a 2-year probationary teaching period followed.
On Feb 1, 1909, she was fully accredited to teach grades 1 through 6.
Her assignment at that time was at PS 83 on Vernon ave nr Pierce
in Long Island City.
Six years later, when she applied for a change of
name after her marriage to Mike Fenton,
she was still at PS 83.
OPEN AIR SCHOOL
In 1923, Anna was granted a
temporary license to teach in a
special program at PS 91 on Central & Fosdick Ave,
in the Glendale section of Queens:
for children with tuberculosis.
In 1925, she was taking special courses at Hunter College
toward this end, and by 1926 she was fully qualified.
At that time, she was living in Freeport, teaching
in Queens and taking classes in Manhattan.
The photos on the left and below could be the staff and class at PS 91.
Photographer: Art Photo Co., Joseph Zlamany, Jr. Prop.
400 Hopkins Ave, Astoria, L.I.
Unfortunately, the paper trail ended here.
Until I can find transcripts of her personnel
records from the N.Y.C. school system,
I have no idea how long the PS 91 assignment lasted
or where she taught for the remainder of her career.
I've been told, however, that before her retirement she was always
part of the Queens school system. |
I assume she retired from the N.Y.C. school system in 1947 at age 65,
but she did continue her teaching work.
A 1955 class photo suggests that she was teaching (substitute?)
at a suburban elementary school in Wantaugh, L.I.
Anna Fagan - Intro
Section 5 - After Mike