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 was named Superintendent of Schools in June 2011.
Norton has taught as an Adjunct Professor for TAMU-T on Public School Management and Organization to 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 received the President's Award from the Greater Texarkana Branch of the NAACP and also was awarded 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 and Alumni Association Board of Directors, 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 as President-Elect. Additionally, Norton is a member of the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Wilbur Smith Rotary Club and Texas A&M University-Texarkana Eagle Athletic Association.
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, Texas Curriculum Management Program Cooperative Board and is 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 was married to Holly Norton who passed away in December 2017 following a courageous seven-year battle with colon cancer. He has three children - Emily (16), Julia (12) and Caleb (8). Norton is an active member of Fellowship Bible Church, where he serves as an Elder and leads a Community Group.
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