Michelle Norwood


Student U Associate Director of High School Programming and Restorative Practices Lead

phone: 919-307-7848  •  email: michelle.norwood@studentudurham.org


Michelle's primary responsibility is for the development and implementation of all programs touching the lives of students and their families, grades 9-12, as well as the management and professional development of part-time staff. She manages the daily operations of the high school program to ensure our students, parents, staff and community partners are able to reach their full potential. She specifically supports students’ academic readiness for college through programs such as the 8th Graders transition into high school, the HS Tutoring Program, and the HS Summer Academy.

Michelle's Why:
I believe it takes a village to raise a child. It took a village to raise me.  That includes family at home, staff in school, all the people students interact with throughout their journey in life.  I invest in Student U because I know that every students’ village will look different but I am honored to get the chance to positively contribute to it along the way.

Michelle outside of Student U:
My family is one of the most important this to me! I love my family. My husband and immediate family all contribute to some part of the continuous happiness I feel in life! But so does my extended family, best friends, colleagues, church family, and my STUDENTS! My joy is truly rooted in my ability to help others find and maintain their joy and I wouldn’t live life any other way.  In addition to family, I love music, traveling, playing softball, and the work I do as a licensed natural hairstylist.

Advice Michelle finds valuable:
“No man is an island”. To effectively achieve our ultimate goal, we need to work together to equal 100%. This does not just pertain to our dream of a Durham where all students succeed...this is in life in general. Life goals, friend goals, family goals.  It should REALLY BE apart of this nation’s goals... In my opinion, unity is an important key to the growth and success of this generation and those to come.



North Carolina Central University

Course of study:
Majored in Mathematics with a concentration in Education

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