Miss Sheely

My senior English teacher in high school was easily the politest person I have ever known. Whenever she orally asked a question of a student, her reply to an incorrect answer was inevitably, “No, but thank you for trying.” Her policy of humility paid off too in the respect she earned from her students. Besides her primary task as teacher, she was also our senior class sponsor. Just prior to our departure for the traditional senior trip to Washington, D. C., she called first the girls to the auditorium, then the boys to discuss a subject we decided must be too taboo to present to mixed sexes. The talk turned out to be nothing but a warning to stay together in groups of three or four to avoid the perils of the big city. Returning to our classroom, one member of our class, who was always wise-cracking, was heard to remark, “Well, if anyone should try to pick Miss Sheely up, she’d just say, “No, but thank you for trying,” and I think he was right.


About bobosbest

I am an 80-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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4 Responses to Miss Sheely

  1. Patricia Norman Huffstetler says:

    I think of Miss Sheely every time I read your blog. Thanks, Thom, for bringing back such great memories.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thom, Miss Sheely was my favorite high school teacher by far, and I credit her with the fact that I still always notice misspelled words or incorrect grammar in whatever I am reading in newspapers, magazines, etc.
    She had such a positive influence on all of her students.

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