Virginia Woodard's first day of teaching first grade at TUSD's Mission View Elementary School in 1960 was no different than a new teacher in 2014. "I tossed and turned all night thinking about it, and was too nervious to eat any breakfast," she said in an interview published in the Tucson Citizen on Sept. 2, 1960. The report wrote "she almost decided to turn back after getting within a block of the school."
But she made it through the day despite running out of planned activities, getting more students than desks and managing the mental fatigue of dozens of little people.
See photos of Virginia Woodard's first day of teaching in 1960 at tucson.com/retrotucson.