Porter-Leath Welcomes New NEXT Memphis Director

NEXT Memphis, an initiative of Porter-Leath, announces its new director, Alicia Norman. Norman has worked in early childhood education for over 25 years. She was Principal of Perea Preschool and Executive Director of Perea Elementary School, where Norman helped create a unique, nationally-acclaimed school model that focused on multiple facets of a child’s intelligence. She most recently served as a PreK Site Director for Memphis-Shelby County Schools.

“My mission in education is to prepare all students academically, socially, and emotionally for success today and tomorrow,” said Norman. “I am thrilled to lead the NEXT Memphis team that embodies those same values, while uplifting our community, strengthening small businesses and enhancing the quality of child care for families.”

Norman brings with her a long list of tenures as a member of education-focused boards and councils including the CPAC Advisory Council for Shelby County School Pre-K Division, the Tennessee Association for the Education of Young Children (TAEYC) and Memphis Association for the Education of Young Children (MAEYC) boards, and currently serves on the boards of First 8 Memphis and Believe Memphis Academy.

“Alicia has a clear commitment to increasing positive outcomes for children and families,” said Sean Lee, Porter-Leath President. “Her depth of knowledge in early childhood education and wealth of experience leading and developing teams made her an ideal choice for the role of NEXT Memphis Director.”


About NEXT Memphis

NEXT Memphis is a shared-service program model that helps independent childcare providers reduce costs and improve outcomes by pooling back office support staff, community resources and administrative amenities. NEXT Memphis also extends Porter-Leath’s Teacher Excellence Program to childcare operators, which helps increase classroom engagement and achievement through teacher training, coaching, instruction and observation. Families also have access to wraparound services, helping parents set and achieve goals and connecting them with community resources. Learn more about NEXT Memphis at