Norton recognized as Jefferson County Teacher of the Year

Erin Norton always wanted to be a teacher. Her mom, her aunt and her sister-in-law were all teachers.

When she was just a girl, her mom helped with the after school choir at First Baptist Church in Louisville and Norton would help her with the younger children.

“That’s when I realized I enjoyed helping kids,” she said. “I never really had anything else in mind.”

She graduated college in 2014 and started teaching right away. She had been at it about six years when the COVID-19 pandemic changed everything. Teachers everywhere, those both with a lifetime of experience and those just starting out, were in the same boat trying to find new ways to keep children forced out of traditional classrooms from falling behind.

Tina Ethridge, principal of Louisville Academy, said that Norton, who now teaches fourth grade, stepped up and became a leader helping to not only find ways to implement technology to serve students both in the classroom and at home, but she also led sessions assisting other teachers embrace the technology.

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