Charlene Wilson Norman was a Windsor Teacher from 1972-‘78. She taught Science 8, Science 9, Math 9, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, and Physics while at Windsor. She was also an advisor to the B Team Cheerleaders, Science Club, Sub-Freshmen Class, Eighth Grade Class, Varsity Cheerleaders and the Pep Club. Her husband John D. Norman was also a teacher and a coach at Windsor, 1975-‘78. He taught Math 8 and led P.E. while Head Varsity Basketball Coach, Boys and Girls, Tennis, B-team Baseball, Assistant Baseball, and Assistant Football Coach. His Windsor Varsity Girls’ team won the Region 2-A Championship and the Boys were Region Champs and State Runner Up.
Charlene later taught at the University of Kentucky as an Adjunct Professor. She also taught in the public schools in Lexington, Fayette County and taught for UK in the evenings and sometimes in the summer. After retiring from Fayette County in ’08, Charlene has continued to teach at UK in the Math Dept. and in the Education Dept., especially working with student teachers. She stated ‘My Windsor students (’72-’78) would be shocked at how “easy’ I am now! I always put them ‘Heads Above’ all others….they are my ‘standard’.’
John taught and coached, notably, after Windsor (’75-’78), at Pebblebrook HS in Mableton, Ga, Paris HS (he graduated from there) in Paris, Ky, Clark Co. HS in Winchester, Ky, and Montgomery Co HS., in Mt. Sterling, Ky. John usually was an assistant Football and Basketball coach, after leaving Windsor. He was a head Basketball Coach at three schools. John loved coaching at the HS level so much that teaching sometimes got in the way! Unfortunately he passed away in 2008 from cancer while still a faculty member at Montgomery Co. Prior to his death, he was able to attend the first football game of the season, August 2007, at his school, Montgomery Co. HS. The team won, John talked to them after the game, and the team gave him the game ball! The Montgomery Co HS football coach, Dan Gooch, started a ‘John Norman Courage and Endurance Award’. John was always the coach that was a champion for the ‘underdog’. He enjoyed coaching football because he could always find a place for every player. Charlene stated that he got the fever for Football while at Windsor. He was a mentor to many, especially those that needed encouragement in some way. Coach Gooch selects a player that he believes is the kind of player John would have mentored and cheered for. Charlene currently gives a John Norman Memorial Scholarship to that player on Senior Night. (Montgomery County has a long history and has several memorial awards given each year.)
While at Windsor, Charlene and John’s son David was born. He graduated from Paris High School, Eastern Kentucky University, and was an Accountant for 12 years in Atlanta but is now back in Lexington, KY. Their daughter Mary Katharine was born while in Ky. She graduated from Bourbon County High School and the University of Kentucky. She has a Master’s Degree in Art Education from the University of Florida. Katharine currently lives in Atlanta and teaches for an after school Art program.
Charlene and John always remembered and loved Windsor. Charlene stated that John said many times “We probably should have stayed at Windsor.” While visiting a friend that lives near Windsor, Charlene stopped by the school: “I got out and walked around, looking in the windows…wishing I could get into the buildings and look around. So many feelings. Some things are the same….some are changed. So many good memories and much love for the school, the friends we made, and the students…..it is always about the students…..they are why we teach.”
And Windsor is the better for your time here.