NASHVILLE, Tenn.), May 20, 2014 – Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) has been named “Legislator of the Year” by the Tennessee Parent Teacher Association (PTA). The prestigious award is presented every year to an outstanding legislator who works to make a positive difference in the education, health, and welfare of Tennessee’s children and youth.
The PTA, which is the largest child advocacy association in the nation, is comprised of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. The award was announced on Saturday at the group’s 101st annual convention in Memphis. Former principal at Arlington High School, Tammy Mason, won the PTA’s title of Outstanding Principal of the year. The Shelby County Council PTA was also named as Outstanding PTA Council for 2014 and received honors for excellence in advocacy and school decision-making.
“We feel it is a well-deserved recognition for a legislator who has spent his career working to improve Tennessee’s education system to ensure that our children receive a high quality education,” said Charla Sparks, Tennessee PTA President. “Senator Norris has long been a friend of Tennessee PTA and a strong supporter of our mission. Without question he is a great resource to our volunteers as we navigate the legislative process.”
Senator Norris presented a workshop on how to communicate with legislators at last week’s convention.
“Promoting the welfare of children and youth in their homes, schools, communities, and places of worship, and securing adequate laws for their care and protection is critically important,” said Senator Norris. “It cannot be done alone. That’s one reason PTA is so important.”
“I am very humbled to receive this award as there are many men and women in the Tennessee General Assembly who are deserving of this recognition,” Norris added. “As Senate Majority Leader, I share this award with gratitude with my colleagues. We stand committed to continue in our mutual quest for the betterment of all Tennessee children.”
A Lifetime Member of the PTA, Norris received the Legislator of the Year Award in 2005. He represents District 32 in the State Senate, which includes Tipton County and part of Shelby County.