St. Thomas teacher earns doctorate from Walden University

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St. Thomas school teacher Jennifer Norford has graduated from Walden University with a doctoral degree in Administrative Leadership for Teaching and Learning.

Norford completed her doctoral dissertation "Increasing Fourth Grade Students' Proficiency at Solving Mathematical Word Problems," in August. She traveled to Florida in January to attend the commencement ceremony. Norford was a 2008 Virgin Islands Teacher of the Year finalist, and in 2009 won the Presidential Award for the Teaching of Mathematics and Science.

Norford said she is writing a series of children workbooks and a motivational book.

She thanks her husband, Frederick Norford, son, Jehran, family, friends, the Ulla Muller Elementary School staff and faculty, and her First Church of God family, the Gomez Elementary School staff and faculty and principal Freida Farrow, the fourth-grade teachers, and math coach, who were all instrumental in her completing her doctoral dissertation.

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