Company: Columbia Borough School District
Location: Lincoln University, PA
Trustworthy and ethical, Jo Anne Norris is the ideal school counselor. She has been in the industry for more than two decades, and has spent the last nine years with the Columbia Borough School District. Over the course of her career, Ms. Norris has spent time as an elementary counselor, an emotional support counselor, a special education consultant, and a curriculum leader for special education and school counselors. She loves her profession, but if she had to change anything about it, she would reduce the amount of clerical work she does so that she could focus more on her students.
Ms. Norris was inspired to enter her field by her parents, who were both educators. Her mother taught first and second grade, and her father taught math in high school. Additionally, he served as a school counselor at the end of his career, and was an ordained minister in the Church of Brethren. It was from him that Ms. Norris learned tolerance, gratefulness and patience.
Along her path to follow her passion, Ms. Norris earned a master’s degree in school counseling from the University of Delaware, a bachelor’s degree in speech and language therapy from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She is also a licensed professional counselor, a certified elementary school counselor, a national certified counselor and a national certified school counselor. Ms. Norris is currently one dissertation away from earning an Ed.D. in pupil services leadership from Widener University. Additionally, she is a member of the PA School Counseling Association, the American School Counseling Association, the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the National Board of Certified Counsels.
Looking toward the future, Ms. Norris hopes to write a book based on her experiences. In addition to her career, she loves to travel, both to visit family and to experience new places. Ms. Norris has been to 48 of the 50 states, and she enjoys collecting magnets from each place she has visited. Eventually, she hopes her adventures take her to Europe.