Paul and Kim Norcross have a powerful story to tell. A husband-wife team, they are charter pioneers who have made significant contributions to the state’s charter movement, as Office of Charter Schools Director Dave Machado pointed out last week. Paul served on the original Charter School Advisory Council (now the Charter Schools Advisory Board, or CSAB). Together, Paul and Kim founded Phoenix Academy, a public charter school in High Point, North Carolina. They founded the school in a one-room schoolhouse more than 20 years ago; they also founded 7 Degrees of Change Foundation. Kim has served as a teacher, board member, principal, and superintendent at Phoenix Academy.
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Now, both are retiring. Kim has been on dialysis since August 2020. Paul sought to donate a kidney to Kim but learned he was not a match. Through the pair match program, Paul donated a kidney to someone else, receiving a voucher that he then was able to redeem to ensure Kim was placed on the National Kidney Registry List. Read the full story, captured in a Fox 8 news article and interview, here.
Paul and Kim, we are grateful for your many contributions to North Carolina’s charter movement across more than two decades. We wish you all the best!