Danville administrator named to North Ridge post

Danville administrator named to North Ridge post

DANVILLE — The Danville school district's curriculum coordinator has been promoted.

School board members on Monday unanimously approved appointing Kimberly Norton, a 15-year educator, as North Ridge Middle School's next assistant principal.

Norton will step into her new position on Sunday. She will earn a salary of $66,000 plus benefits.

Norton replaces Angelique Simon, who is leaving the post to pursue advanced studies.

District officials received 38 applications and interviewed eight candidates for the job, Superintendent Mark Denman said. He said Norton was selected from among three strong finalists.

"She's an outstanding educator who not only has a good understanding of instruction and the latest research," he said, "but she also has a child-centered philosophy. She's very engaging and has excellent interpersonal skills. And her work ethic is commendable."

Norton has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Illinois State University and a master's degree in educational administration from Eastern Kentucky University. She also has done post-graduate work through the University of Phoenix.

Norton began her career teaching language arts in Watseka schools Over the next few years, she taught fourth grade at the Armstrong-Ellis Elementary School, in Berea, Ky., and then at Westville Elementary School.

In 2007, she moved to the Danville school district to teach language arts in North Ridge's gifted program for two years. She served as a district Title 1 coordinator for two years, and as its curriculum coordinator last year.

Denman said Norton has been involved not only in updating curriculum, but also helping the district and staff move to the common core standards and standards-based assessments.

Norton said she's excited about her new post at North Ridge, which is undergoing a $13.8 million renovation and partnering with Solution Tree of Bloomington, Ind. to establish professional learning communities as part of the school's restructuring plan.

"With the many positive changes that are taking place at North Ridge with the construction and the professional learning communities and taking a collaborative approach to student achievement, I'm very excited to be a part of this," Norton said.

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