James T. Norris III, Student Services – Teacher on Special Assignment

Name: James T. Norris III

Role: Student Services – Teacher on Special Assignment

District: Eastside Union School District

State: California

“My mother’s motto encompasses SEL for me in a nutshell: ‘They won’t care what you know, until they know that you care!’.  My mother, Thomasine P. Cleaver, taught for 30 years in Special Ed.  She is my role model, my teaching mentor, and the person that loved me enough never to give up on me.  As an educator, this has been what I wanted to be for all my students.  ‘Love them first!'”

James Norris is an Educator and loves working with kids. He is a TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment). He was an Administrator for 12 years and has been teaching for about 13. James left being a Principal in Juvenile Court School to return to Elementary in the hopes of reaching kids early and getting them on the right path.