Tanner Williams School celebrates centennial at May Day Festival on May 2; one former student, Dr. Anna Clausen, will be on hand to remember her favorite teacher, Miss Annie Tanner (Snow)
When Tanner Williams School celebrates its centennial at the Annual Tanner Williams May Day Festival May 2, several of its former students will be on hand to blow out the candles on the birthday cake.
And when one of them, Dr. Anna Clausen, enters the double doors of the historic landmark, she'll step back in time about 75 years and think of a teacher who made an indelible mark on her life.
Clausen graduated from Tanner Williams School in 1945 and remembers her favorite teacher well. "Miss Annie Tanner (later Snow) was my teacher in 5th and 6th grades," Clausen said. "She was such an inspiration to me. I became a teacher because of her."
A later incident involving Miss Annie stands out in Dr. Clausen's mind as a reminder of how important education is. When she was a freshman at Livingstate State Teachers College, she recalls seeing her Miss Annie on campus--her former grade-school teacher attended college at Livingston in the summer to further her education and attain her teaching degree.
Clausen went on to become a teacher and a principal in Mobile County elementary and middle schools, eventually becoming Assistant Supervisor of Curriculum with Mobile County Public School System. "I have been greatly rewarded all my life by having had Miss Annie as my teacher," she said.