About the Author
Phyllis Shenefiel White was born and raised in Ohio. Following her graduation from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, she became an elementary classroom teacher. In 1977, Phyllis moved to Lee, New Hampshire, with her late husband, Kern Shenefiel, and their two young children. She was a parent volunteer for several years at Mast Way School. From 1989 until she retired in 2012, Phyllis held the position of Title 1 Reading Tutor at Mast Way School. Phyllis became a member of the Lee Historical Society in 1984 and has served in various capacities ever since. As of this writing she is the president. In the 1990s, she was asked to choose an aspect of Lee’s rich history that she could research and develop into a written history for the town. With her experience in education and her memories of her mother’s stories about attending a one-room schoolhouse in the 1920s, Phyllis made the decision to write about the evolution of education and schools in Lee.