Hess, Latin Teacher
- by Marilyn Davis Claney
I don't know what ever made me take
Latin. I think I thought it would be easier than learning
the words from another language. I was sorely mistaken.
That was the beginning of my two-and-a-half year journey
with Latin and Mary Hess.
She somehow pulled me in. She had a soft-spoken, no
nonsense manner. I always did my Latin homework first and
would never show up in her class unprepared. I was able
to make my way through my others classes on a wing and a
prayer, but you couldn't fake it in her class. She never
let any student hog the limelight; the limelight was
spread around. I would be sitting there, dreading that
she would make me read. I did fine reading and
understanding but not in front of class. She was always
patient. I was a good girl in those days. Latin has
helped me more than any class I took in high school,
other than maybe algebra. Latin helped with sentence
structure and has helped me figure out many foreign words
over the years. My years as a nurse were made much easier
because the field of medicine is deeply entrenched with
Latin words and parts of Latin words.
Back during my time at MHS, my brother had gone to Greece
and had brought home amazing pictures. I really wasn't
trying to be a kiss-*ss, but my dad had a couple of the
photographs blown up and framed. Miss Hess hung them in
her class room.
I met her at a store after I graduated. We started to
talk, and I told her I had a six-week old son. She asked
me if I would like to come to her house so that she could
meet him. We set a date and time. When I got there, she
took him and so enjoyed holding and baby-talking with
him. The most amazing thing that still makes me emotional
is that she had her table set up for tea and cookies. It
has always made me feel very special.
Marilyn Davis Claney, R.N.
Miss Mary Hess
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