June 19, 2018

Betsy Norris, author of 5th Grade Language Arts, has served as Supervisor of Grants and eLearrning for Bedford County Schools since 2006.  She serves her 14 school district as grant writer and grant supervisor obtaining and managing 2.5 million dollars of grants. She is currently implementing grants for history, counseling, telemedicine, distance learning, and afterschool programs for K-12.  She also serves as the Moodle administrator overseeing the district’s 49 virtual courses with 33 online teachers. She was selected Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year in 2001, as well as the district and school Teacher of the Year. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Middle Tennessee State University, her Masters in Administration and Supervision from Tennessee State University, and her Ed.S. in Curriculum and Supervision from Middle Tennessee State University in 1984.  Betsy taught ELA for 26 years with experience in public and private schools with experience in grades 1-12. She also taught adults for English GED courses and technology courses in the local technology center. She has served on the advisory board of both Technology and Learning Magazine and the PBS (Public Broadcasting System) TeacherSource. Some of her developed curriculum for PBS includes “Newshour Extra Poetry” and “Circle of Stories.” She also served to develop curriculum for the PBS series “The Children’s Hospital.” In 2000, she was named Technology and Learning magazine’s Southeast Teacher of the Year. That same year, she traveled to California to accept the National Business Week Award for Instructional Innovation for her school at the time.  She has done consulting work and  technology presentations both locally, nationally, and internationally. Recently she presented at NECC and iNACOL.  Beside her writing for Teaching Point, she has done freelance writing for Technology and Learning, PBS, Teacher Created, PC Create It.