IT seems that Norma Pearce has spent a life time helping the disabled in one way or another and which has taken her around the world.
Norma was born in Melbourne but was brought up in Bendigo until she was seven years of age when the family moved back to the big smoke.
After finishing primary school at Spring Road, Malvern, she attended McRobertson Girls High School.
Norma then went on to train at the Toorak Teachers’ College but really found her niche when she took on extra studies in special education at Melbourne Teachers College.
She first taught at various primary schools around the state, however, due to an illness she found that teaching larger classes became too hard so she was posted to Yooralla – a learning centre for the disabled.
It was at Yooralla that Norma found her passion as a special ed teacher and stayed for the next 24 years at the school’s Balwyn campus.