A lifelong resident of Texarkana, Paul Norton is a graduate of Pleasant Grove High School. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Texas Tech University, as well as a Master of Science in Education from Texas A&M University – Texarkana (TAMU-T) along with Principal and Superintendent Certifications.
Norton began his career in education in 1996 as a Teacher and Coach for Pleasant Grove Middle School. From there, he moved to Teacher and Coach of Pleasant Grove High School followed by Assistant Principal of PGHS.
He came to the TISD Tiger Family in 2001 as Associate Principal of Texas High School, served as Principal of THS from 2003-2011 and named Superintendent of Schools in June 2011.
Norton has taught as an Adjunct Professor for TAMU-T on Public School Management and Organization for students working toward their Principal Certification. He was named the Region VIII High School Principal of the Year by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals and was honored as the Principal of the Year by the TISD Volunteers in Public Schools. In 2015, Norton was named Region VIII Education Service Center Superintendent of the Year and shortly thereafter was named one of five State Finalists for Texas Superintendent of the Year. He recently was awarded the President’s Award from the Greater Texarkana Branch of the NAACP and also received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Acts of Kindness Leadership Award in January 2016.
While being a vital member of the TISD leadership team, Norton has presented key district programs to the Texas Education Agency School Improvement Conference, Texas Association of Secondary School Principal’s Conference, Texas Association of School Administrators Mid-Winter Conference, the TASA/TASB Conference, STEM Connect for Success Conference at Ohio State University, the Greater Foundation of Texas Conference, as well as the Congressional Field Hearing Leader’s Luncheon.
He has served the Texarkana community through his civic work as an American Red Cross volunteer, member of the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce Membership Recruitment Committee, Texas A&M University – Texarkana Tuition Review Committee, American Heart Association Heart Ball Silent Auction Co-Chairman, Recruitment Chairman for Texarkana College Tight Lies Rising Star Open Pro Am and American Cancer Society Golf Tournament Co-Chairman and Team Recruitment Chairman. He is a graduate of Leadership Texarkana, currently serving on their Board of Directors. Additionally, Norton is a member of the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Wilbur Smith Rotary Club, Texas A&M University – Texarkana Eagle Athletic Association and Alumni Association having served as Secretary, President-Elect and President.
Professionally, Norton is a member of Texas Association of School Administrators and a graduate of their Future Ready Superintendent Academy. He serves on the Texas Policy Committee on Public Education, Region VIII Education Service Center Executive Regional Advisory Council Committee, Texas Curriculum Management Program Cooperative Board and was recently appointed to serve as the Region VIII ESC Commissioner’s Representative for the TASA Cabinet of Superintendents. Additionally, Norton is a member of the National, Texas and Northeast Texas Alliances of Black School Educators.
He was a member of Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, serving on their Board of Directors and taking on the volunteer task of Assistant Coordinator and Coordinator for Region VIII ESC. Norton was also a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals during his principalship years.
Paul is married to Holly Norton, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and a Masters Degree in Speech Pathology, and they have three children – Emily (15), Julia (11) and Caleb (7). They are active members of Fellowship Bible Church, where they lead a Community Group.
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Texarkana, Texas 75503
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