Michael Norris

About Me

I am starting my eighteenth year in public education.  For the first seven years I taught English, Social Studies, and ESOL at the high school and middle school settings.  For the past ten years I have served as an assistant principal at a high school in Kansas. 

I received a BSE and a MSE from the University of Kansas, both in education.  I received an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from Southeast State University and have done AP coursework at Truman State University.  I completed an Educational Specialist degree in administration at the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 2007.  In 2016, I completed a doctorate at the University of Kansas.


Although my career has thus far been in Kansas, my family is from Texas and I have relatives spread across south, southeast, and west Texas.  My wife Melissa and I are excited to become a part of the community.


The celebrated writer E.M. Forster once said, “One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested.”  I am passionate in my role as an educator and I believe that many of the difficult issues in education today can be faced constructively, and perhaps be overcome, by passionate teachers.  For good or bad, education can change lives and no child should ever be denied the transformative power of a great education.