would like to welcome you to the website for Norton City
Schools. The purpose of this website is to provide information
about our amazing school system. Since I am new to the position
of Superintendent of Norton City Schools, I think it is
important for you to know a little about my vision for our
school system. Although, the following paragraphs are not a
complete summary, I have attempted to highlight beliefs that are
important to me as an educator.
Over the last nineteen years as an educator, I have learned more
lessons than I have taught. There is one principle that I have
seen proven time and time again. That principle is this; amazing
things can happen when you have a group of educators who believe
in their students. When those educators have high, yet
personalized, expectations for every student, phenomenal
academic achievement can occur. When those students are in an
environment where strong personal relationships can be
established with educators who believe in them, unprecedented
growth can transpire.
Being from a small school environment, I have witnessed
remarkable examples of student growth and achievement, even when
history, statistics, and research would say that it was
impossible. Many times when I have witnessed a student beat the
statistical odds, it was at least partially due to a personal
relationship they had developed with a teacher.
As a result of these experiences, I have come to
the power of small schools. I believe that a small division can
offer most, if not all, of the programs that bigger divisions
offer. I believe that even though we live in a rural area and
our economy is different than the economy in other parts of our
State and Nation, our students can handle the high expectations
that are part of a world class education. I also believe that if
we treat students with respect, they will reciprocate. More
importantly, I believe that relationships are as important as
rigor when it comes to educating our students.
I also believe that one day our students will change the world.
How they change the world and to what extent is yet to be
determined. We, as educators, have a unique and powerful
opportunity to impact that capacity for change. I look forward
to working with you and all of our stakeholders to help ensure
that students who attend Norton City Schools are ready to
compete as global citizens in an constantly changing world when
they graduate from John I. Burton High School.
If I can provide assistance to you in any way as
we provide a world class education in our community, please do
not hesitate to contact me at
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