Viola Norman

Educator and Founder of Empower Education and Development Services LLC

My love of working with children began with my very first job. At the age of 16, I worked as an assistant teacher in a preschool for underserved families. After that experience, I was hooked. This witty, fun loving group of 4 and 5 year-olds ignited my passion for teaching.


I am a proud product of Cincinnati Public Schools and upon earning a degree in Early Childhood - Elementary Education from Ohio University, I returned to start my teaching career. I taught in the Cincinnati Public School District for 30 years. As a classroom teacher I was often recognized and for my ability to create a warm caring classroom environment, with disciplined students who were motivated to learn, and worked hard to meet academic expectations. While serving as a primary team leader, I earned the respect of my colleagues and under my leadership our students were able to consistently meet or exceed academic targets set by district and the state of Ohio. I never stopped learning and growing my teaching practice. I kept up with the most current pedagogies in the field of education and earned many additional certifications and endorsements. Some of the most recent include: SEL-Social Emotional Learning, Trauma and Equity Informed Approach to Teaching, TESOL Endorsement-Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Orton-Gillingham Structured Literacy- Advanced Training.

After retiring in 2015, I knew I wasn’t done serving students and families.

I returned to CPS, first as an English Language Arts tutor and then as the facilitator of the Alternative Learning Center, a special program created to help students with challenging behaviors stay in school and continue learning while serving consequences. In this position I also teach skills that help students take responsibility for their actions, manage their emotions and improve behavior. I believe that building good character and developing social intelligence is just as important as mastering academic skills.


When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and close friends. I love attending the theatre, ballet and museums. I also enjoy swimming and being outdoors.