LEVI NORMAN, CLASS OF '59
I have many fond memories of GHS, but one in particular stands out. The Teacher I respected and admired most was Miss Covey. Her reputation preceded her and many students entered her class for the first time with fear & trepidation. As we all know she was strict and demanding. But, she was always fair.
Geometry was my favorite subject. It was the easiest class I ever took. It just seemed so logical. One day Miss Covey was at the board explaining a proof. For some odd reason I suddenly blurted out "I see a better way!' The whole class gasped... and a sudden realization, "Oh my god, what have I done." Just then the bell rang...saved by the bell. I breathed a sigh of relief. As everyone gathered their things to leave, Miss Covey said "When we return to class tomorrow Levi will show us a better way."
Needless to say, I had difficulty getting to sleep that night. I went over & over my proof in my mind. When class began the next day Miss Covey sent me to the board to explain my proof. When I finished I turned to take my seat. When you really screwed up Miss Covey had a way of talking to you before the class that made you want to crawl under your desk. I experienced that more than once. That day Miss Covey praised me to high heaven. It went on and on. By the time she finished I was so embarrassed I again wanted to crawl under my desk.
As I said, she was demanding but always fair, sometimes to the point of embarrassment. It was several years before I really came to appreciate what Miss Covey did for me, for all of us, by being so demanding and exacting. I can never express how much I love, respect and appreciate that lady. I know many of you must feel the same way.
Thorpe #4 now in Houston, TX