Jeffrey Norris teaches social studies at Sparks High School in the Washoe County School District where he has also been a teacher of English and German. In a context of structured classes and wide-ranging discussion groups, which include debates, role-playing, simulations of various kinds, Mr. Norris's aim is for students to think for themselves. He finds that his approach both motivates and challenges students, creating an increased willingness on their part to reveal their strengths and interests and thus to teach themselves and each other. Mr. Norris was named 1989 Teacher of the Year for Washoe County School District and received ABC-TV's America's Favorite Teacher Award in 1991.
1976 Kenyon College, B.A.