Norma Galliart; Thirty; 20th February | Teacher - Home Economics
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“I don’t teach for you to like me. To be honest, I don’t really mind whether you like me or not. That’s your business. I teach because I want you to learn something. That’s why all teachers should teach, really.”
There’s possibly only one person in Tree Hill that can bake as well as the workers at Karen’s Café, and that has to be Norma Galliart, the economics teacher at Tree Hill High. Miss Galliart has only been working at the school a few years, but she’s already established herself as a resident in Tree Hill. Students around generally really enjoy her class, as her laidback way of teaching caters to about every students’ needs. The adults for the most part enjoy her too, though a few of the men enjoy her too much (at least according to their wives). As for whether or not Norma has ever gotten involved with any of the men in town, her students have no idea. Some of them don’t care… others are so nosy they can’t help but wonder. Still, Norma has a way of keeping her personal life private, even in the small town of Tree Hill, and she plans to keep it that way. If anyone were to find out about her past, well, it sure is a colorful one. Norma moved to Tree Hill after divorcing her husband, who was fifteen years her senior. That part isn’t all that interesting. The interesting part lies in the details. Norma was attending college where the professor taught, and that professor was already married. Things happen for a reason, which is something Norma has always believed in, though she can’t say she’s proud of getting involved with him. He left his wife for Norma and they were married a few years before his eyes wandered yet again and the marriage inevitably came to an end. She was glad to get the job in Tree Hill, far from the scandal surrounding her and away from the man that broke her heart, though she does miss and worry about her parents often, as well as her twin brother Skyler. Where Norma goes, however, trouble follows and sometimes she just can’t help herself.
As a teacher, Norma is very patient and relaxed, while still managing to maintain a very active learning environment. There are some teachers who try to make their students like them using the ‘I’m just like you’ tactic, but Norma doesn’t try to be their friend. Of course, there are some students she’s more friendly with than others, but it was never something she had tried to accomplish. She wants students to like her and her class, but she wants them to do so on their terms, not through any sort of manipulation on her part. This, understandably is really what feeds into her students liking her so well. It’s not unusual for her to stay after school to help students or to arrive at the school early, as long as the student in question really wants to learn. She’s not interested in putting herself out there for students who don’t try, so therefore she’s unpopular among some of the slackers. If they’re failing because they didn’t pay attention in her class or just didn’t plain show up, she’s not going to go out of her way to make sure they pass, regardless of how good or bad that might look for her. She’d rather be at a school for a few years and teach the students that want to learn over being at the school for ten years and dragging the ones that don’t want to learn kicking and screaming through her class. She would be lying if she said that sewing was something she really enjoys, but she’s good enough at it that she can teach it. Her real talent lies in baking, and she likes teaching her students how just as much as she enjoys going home and making things on her own.
If there’s one thing to be known about Norma on a personal level, it’s that while she is a kind-hearted person, if you’re in a relationship with her she has a tendency to be a touch overbearing. Some might say that it’s because of her ex-husband, others wonder if she’s always been that way. Jealousy is a big problem for her, though she shows it more in passive aggressive comments over anything else. She’s confident, however, not only in her abilities as a teacher, but in her appearance as well, and that’s something that can be very, very appealing. She’ll really talk to anyone on the street, and she seems to attract the male population of Tree Hill by the droves. No one really seems to mind—as long as the man isn’t married or otherwise taken and she doesn’t seem to be showing an interest. She’s had her eye on a few of the men, though no one would really know it by talking to her. She knows she really needs to steer clear of men as they only seem to bring drama, but they can just be so much fun.