Phone: 651-293-8800, x41143
Degrees and Certifications:
Licensed Teacher, Middle School Science and High School Life Science-College of St. Scholastica, 2023 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, 2002 Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Carleton College, 1995
Dr. Heather Norton-Bower
Welcome everyone! This is my first year teaching at Como Park Senior High School. I will be teaching within the science department and for Como's Medical Careers Pathway, a CTE (Career and Technical Education) program. I am also coaching Como's Nordic Boys and Girls Team. I am excited to get to know students and families this upcoming school year!
I was born in Minnesota, but have also lived in Michigan, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Washington. I have now lived in the Como Park Neighborhood of St. Paul for about 25 years. My spouse and I have three children, all of whom have attended SPPS schools. Two have graduated and are in college; one is a high school student at Central Senior HS in the French Immersion Pathway. I feel very lucky to work with and serve my community.
I am licensed to teach Middle School Science and High School Life Science. At Como this year, I will be teaching General Biology (including daytime credit recovery), Introduction to Medical Careers, Freshman FOCUS, and Sophomore Seminar (Advisory).
Before I became a teacher, I practiced as a small animal veterinarian for almost 20 years. I love animals and the practice of medicine, but my experiences working with students through environmental education, time as a Teacher's Assistant and Reading Corps tutor and coaching within SPPS called me to education later in life.
I believe that all students should have the opportunities to develop to their full potential and realize their dreams. I am here to serve my students and their families, and to ensure students have all the tools they need to succeed. Please never hesitate to reach out to me by phone or email. Together, let's make this a great year!