Lorraine's Principal
Susan Norton 

Principal's Message

Greetings Lorraine families!

My name is Susan Norton and I am excited about serving as the Principal of Lorraine Elementary School. Dr. Ray has been a colleague of mine for over 10 years. During that time we have shared many stories and experiences about our respective schools. I know the affection he had for this community and from what I can tell, the feelings are mutual. I have not come to “replace” Dr. Ray, but to provide the leadership and support to the staff, students, and parents of Lorraine to continue the great success this community has always achieved.

I am a native of Rockdale County, with a family that goes back generations in the community. My parents both graduated from Rockdale County High School and I followed by attending Honey Creek Elementary, Edwards Middle School, and graduated from Heritage High School. Following graduation, I attended The University of Georgia, where I earned my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Early Childhood Education. I began my teaching career at South Jackson Elementary School in Jackson County and served there for 10 years.

At the end of 2000, my husband and I moved our two daughters back to Conyers to be with family. I began teaching at Barksdale Elementary School for the 2001-2002 school year. I taught for 3 years and during that time earned my leadership degree from Georgia State University. I then served as the Assistant Principal for 10 years and finished at Barksdale after serving 3 years as the Principal. In the spring of 2017, I was asked to transfer to Honey Creek, my former elementary school, and served as their Principal for 2 years. At the announcement of Dr. Ray’s retirement in May, I was again asked to transfer and am now here with you at Lorraine.

I believe that my tenure as an educator, in both the classroom and in leadership, my knowledge and love of the Rockdale Community, and my experiences both personally and professionally have equipped me to provide the support and leadership for this school.

For those I have had the opportunity to meet, I thank you for your kindness and welcome. For those I have not yet had the opportunity to meet, I look forward to meeting you and building lasting relationships that will support our students in their growth and success during their time here at Lorraine and that such will carry them on in their school and life careers.

Thank you and take care.