Some of the things she and other teachers have struggled for or against have changed; some have not, she says.
Among those that have changed, Mrs. Chace lists teachers’ salaries, subject content in English courses and ways of teaching.
Among those the seasoned teacher has seen remain constant are the quality of education her students have received, the type of students she has had and the overcrowded conditions of Oneonta High School.
Mrs. Chace came to Oneonta in 1923. She brought with her a BA degree from Albany State College for Teachers, three years teaching experience in Edmeston and a degree from Oneonta Normal School.
Her starting salary was $1,550 a year.
The climb to her present salary of $7,700 a year was long and until recently, unpromising, she added.
“Several years after I started at OHS, my salary was raised to about $2,500 a year. It hovered around that figure for many years. It wasn’t until about 10 or 15 years ago that teachers’ salaries climbed to anywhere near what they are now,” she recalled.