Strategic Partnerships Inc. Consultant Norman Taylor earned a reputation as a leader in education over the course of his 44-year career. After initially serving as a teacher, a coach, and then an athletic director, Norman spent the remaining 32 years serving at the administrative levels of education. His administrative experience included positions as assistant principal, principal (MASSP Regional Principal of the Year), block scheduling consultant, and ultimately, superintendent to three Michigan school districts for 19 years.
Norman’s win-win approach to education led to improvements in his school district’s academics, communications, technology usage, and fiscal management. It also helped him organize successful bond projects across multiple districts. One of these projects was the first successful bond issue in the Constantine School District after 38 years of failed attempts.
In addition to being a former member of American Association of School Administrators, Norman is an associate of the Michigan Association of School Boards and an active member of the Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators (MASA). Having previously served on several MASA committees, he continues to work with the organization as a mentor for new superintendents.
Norman’s career has depended on relationships with state and federal legislators, municipal officials, and tribal authorities. His record as a successful collaborator is a valuable asset that will be helpful to clients of SPI. After his retirement from education, Norman was elected to the Wayland City Council in 2020. He was recently appointed to the county’s Solid Waste Planning Committee, which is responsible for promoting a public-private partnership to develop a regional sustainable business park.
Norman’s civic engagement also includes positions on the Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce as Executive Board member and Chamber Ambassador for new businesses in the region. He performs volunteer work through the MI Main Street Program and held previous board memberships with organizations such as the DDA, Wayland Union Education Foundation, Rotary Club, and Kiwanis Club.
Norman received both a bachelor’s degree in history education and a master’s degree in education from Michigan State University. He has additional coursework credits in educational leadership at Western Michigan University.