Joseph A. Norcross

In his six years as principal of Frisbie Elementary School, Joseph Norcross has spearheaded the successful creation and implementation of a school-wide PBIS system that has contributed to a significant decrease in student suspension and behavioral infractions. This system has become a model replicated by other elementary schools in Wolcott School District. He has also enhanced the Frisbie School experience with the incorporation of service learning and citizenship, requiring each grade level to select an annual community service initiative with the goal of making their community and world a better place. Norcross oversees the school’s participation in the Foster Grandparent Program in which senior citizens work directly with students in the classroom to support literacy and numeracy instruction. In addition, a number of retired teachers from the community volunteer each week providing additional support for struggling students. As a testament to Frisbie School’s success in reaching high-need students, the Connecticut State Department of Education recently asked Norcross and his staff to present at their Student Achievement Task Force meeting to share promising practices. Norcross holds a B.A. in History from Southern Connecticut State University and a M.S. in Education from the University of New Haven. He is in his sixth year of educational leadership training at Southern Connecticut State University.