Amanda A (McDaniel) Greenwood Principal of Model School Primary Department
Instructor in Botany & History,
Amanda McDaniel, daughter of
Gabriel and Martha (Riley) McDaniel, was born March 1834 in
Kentucky. Her parents later moved to Palmyra, MO where she
attended Mrs Burr's Seminary, graduating at age 16. She began
her teaching career in New Franklin, then moved to Kirksville to
conduct a school there. She met
James Greenwood in Kirksville
and they were married in 1859.
Amanda did not
teach again until 1867 when Joseph Baldwin recruited both the
Greenwoods for the faculty of the Normal School he was organizing in
Kirksville. He Hired Amanda as principal of the model school
primary department and to teach botany and history in the normal
division. She left to teach at Mount Pleasant College in
Huntsville for six months, 1870-71, then returned to Baldwin's
faculty until 1872.
When James took the position of Superintendent of the Kansas City Public School
System in 1874, Amanda joined the faculty of Central High School for one year to
teach English, botany and history. She then retired to raise their three
children, Ada (Mrs WH) MacLaughlin, Victor H, and Jeanette "Nettie" (Mrs CA)
Lewers. She died in Kansas City June 19, 1904.
This biographical sketch has been compiled from secondary sources
and may not be complete or totally accurate; it is therefore subject
to update or correction.
Federal Census for Jackson Co, MO, 1900. Family Search Records Search
http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#start. Ryle, Walter H.
Centennial History of the Northeast Missouri State
Kirksville: the College, 1972.
One Hundred Twenty-Three Biographies of Deceased Faculty Members.
Kirksville: Northeast Missouri State Teachers College, 1962.