Bachelor of Science, Tennessee Wesleyan University, 1967. Master of Science, University Tennessee, 1975. Doctor of Education, University Tennessee, 1984.
Teacher Chattanooga City Schools, 1969—1970, Athens City Schools, Tennessee, 1964—1974. Special education director, 1974—1984. Principal Westside School, Athens, 1984—1986.
Adjunct professor University Tennessee, Chattanooga, 1982—1986. Assistant professor University Houston, 1986—1991. Associate professor, 1992—1996.
Senior national lecturer Nova Southeastern University, since 1995. Facilitator Danforth Principal Preparation Program, 1989—1995. Executive director Metro Houston Principal Assessment Center (NASSP), 1986—1994.
Consultant Tennessee elementary school committee Southern Association Colleges and Schools, 1983—1986. Senior lecturer Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, 1995—1996.
Member Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, Tennessee Association for Gifted (treasurer 1978-1980), National Association Secondary School Principles, PhiDelta Kappa (Knoxville chapter outstanding research award 1984), Phi Kappa Phi.
Married Joseph Leon Norris, June 2, 1956 (divorced August 1984). Children: Sherry Lynne Norris Hutsell, Dayna Karen.