"Miss Gladys" as she was
affectionately called by countless Taylor County school children,
was born in Pavo Georgia, the daughter of Orren Cloudesley and
Louisianna (Wooten) Morse.
Miss Morse was born November 24, 1894 in Pavo out on a farm.
She attended school there until she entered high school in Perry where
she lived with her
sister who had married a Perry man. She finished high school in Perry
and went to Florida State
College for Women. She began her teaching career in Brunson, Florida
but returned to Taylor
County after that one year. She taught in Perry Elementary School until
she became Elementary
Principal in the 1925-1930 period. She continued her education while
holding down the teaching
position and obtained her bachelor of Arts degree at the University of
Florida in 1942 with
honors. She received her master of arts degree at Florida State
University in 1951.She remained
principal until about 1947 when she was asked to be County Supervisor
of Schools. She did that
one year and asked to be transferred back to her previous school as
principal. She remained
Principal of Perry Elementary School until her retirement in June of
1956.She had 40+ years
in the teaching profession
Even after retirement, Miss Morse was named teacher of the year in 1957
by the Perry Woman's
Club for her contributions as a substitute teacher.
She served as Sunday School teacher and as Superintendent of the First
Church until her retirement for health reasons in about 1975.