North Greenville distinguishes one of its teachers, Miss Elsie Tuttle, by naming the new medical clinic in her honor. It is fitting recognition of her remarkable qualities of devotion, intellect, and strength.
Born in Illinois, Miss Tuttle received her Bachelor of Education degree from Illinois State Normal University and the Master of Arts degree from George Peabody College for Teachers, where she was a recipient of a Peabody Scholarship. She has done further study at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, the University of Louisiana, and the George Peabody College for Teachers.
She has given long and distinguished service in numerous areas of teaching. Before coming to North Greenville, she taught in grammar schools of Illinois, Iowa, and Louisiana; she was instructor of geography at the State Teachers’ University, Memphis, Tennessee; also, she was a supervisor and critic teacher at East Texas State Techers’ College, Commerce, Texas. She taught geography, geology, and social science at North Greenville until her retirement in 1965, completing twenty-seven years of devotion inspired by her belief that the test of education is its use in meeting responsibilities in a complex society.
Her sense of duty has carried her into a life of great service. She is a member of Gamma Theta Upsilon, national geographical honor society; Pi Gamma Mu, national honorary social science fraternity; the American Association of University Professors; the National Council for Geographic Education; the Southeastern Division of the American Association of Geographers; and the South Carolina Academy of Science.
Among many honors Miss Tuttle is named in Leaders in American Science, Who’s Who of American Women, and Who’s Who in American Education. Upon retirement she was awarded the Certificate of General Excellence in Teaching.
In the more than forty-six years of classroom experience, Miss Tuttle has exemplified John Ruskin’s philosophy that “education is a painful, continual, and difficult work to be done by kindness, by watching, by warning, by precept, and by praise, but above all – by example.
Article written by Mrs. Veda Sprouse, English instructor, in the Fall 1966 North Greenville Alumni Magazine.