Mary Beth Norris


What inspired you to become an educator, and what keeps you inspired?

The first day I walked into Friends School I was placed into a classroom with many different levels of behaviors, academics, and social levels. The teacher in the classroom taught to each child not seeing their differences but treating each child with respect. I knew at that very moment I wanted to be a part of this program.  What keeps me inspired is knowing the children here deserve to have safe and fair place to be educated.


If you could summarize your teaching philosophy, what would it be?

My philosophy is to foster an atmosphere for these children that they not only feel safe but one that encourages learning.


What skills do you feel are most important for your students to develop, to prepare them for life beyond Friends School?

I think the best skill we can try to teach our students is how to manage their time. This starts early in Kindergarten with our picture schedules and routines and carries through out with their daily the upper grades Teaching them how to stay organized will help them manage their time and prepare when they move on into other schools and even high school.


Tell us about your hobbies and philanthropic interests?

My hobbies include bike riding, gardening and anything that involves activities with my two grandsons.