Dr. George Noflin said he is excited by the prospect of bringing his experience in educational leadership to the Morehouse Parish School System as superintendent.
As the son of an educator and the father of a school-aged child, he said, “I do feel strongly about having a good school district, because my son will be a student there. I will have that personal interest.”
Noflin is one of eight candidates chosen by the Morehouse Parish School Board to proceed to the interviewing phase in the search for a successor for current superintendent Tom Thrower upon his retirement this summer. The interviews are slated for March 17 and March 24, after which the board will announce its choice in April.
Noflin is a graduate of Jackson High School in East Feliciana Parish, where his father was a minster and his mother worked in education for 30 years. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served six years before earning his Associates and Bachelors degrees from Southwest and Millsaps colleges, respectively. He then earned his Masters degree and Ph.D. at Mississippi State University. He and his wife have five children.
Noflin worked in education for three decades in several capacities, from teacher to coach, director of an alternative school, assistant principal, principal and, most recently, Assistant Superintendent of the Tupelo Public School District in Tupelo, Miss. He has also been involved in the Mississippi PTA.
“I have the desire to come back home to Louisiana, and to share my experience and expertise there,” he said.
Noflin describes himself as a “strong disciplinarian” who has experience finding innovative solutions to problems. As principal of Greenwood High School in Greenwood, Miss., he worked with teacher recruitment company USA Employment, traveling to India to interview and hire three educators who are successfully teaching in Greenwood today.
“Of course my first choice would always be to recruit home-grown teachers,” he said. “But there are qualified teachers who can come in and help us when the need is there.”
During his time with the Tupelo district, Noflin helped found Project TEAM, an organization to improve the graduation rate among African-American male students through mentoring.
“That was a grass roots approach to getting people in the community to work with teach child,” he said.
Noflin said community involvement will be an important part of the superintendency.
“I consider myself an educational leader,” he said. “I can’t be an educational leader sitting in an office. [As superintendent] I would be very visible in the classroom and would try to always be available to the students, teachers and community.”
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