• High Flying Tutors at Gadsden Elementary


    Airplane instructors

                                                     Left, Mr. Syd Yuille, and right, Mr. John Clarkson


    Mr. John Clarkson and Mr. Syd Yuille, two volunteer tutors from the Reading Matters program and St. John Episcopal Church Congaree conducted an Aviation and Aeronautics unit of study for our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. The unit was developed as a STEAM activity integrating literacy, science, and math and social studies standards with support from Veronica Primus, literacy coach.  The students learned about how airplanes fly and careers in the field. The unit culminated in the making of paper airplanes.


    Mr. John Clarkson is a retired commercial airline pilot having worked for 30 years with American Airlines


    Mr. Syd Yuille is a retired flight instructor, licensed pilot, operations and ticket agent.


    Mr. Yuille’s aunt, Earsly Taylor, taught both men how to fly. Earsly Taylor was one of a few African-American women to build airplanes and fly in the 1940’s and 1950’s.