Background & Experience

Loretta Norgon is an independent consultant specializing in coaching, training of coaches, and training of classroom observers. After 34 years in public education, she retired from the Brainerd (MN, USA) Public Schools in 2007, where she served as coordinator of the Brainerd Teacher Support System (BTSS), a comprehensive three-year induction program for new teachers. From the program's inception in 1996, she was responsible for development, delivery, funding, evaluation, and ongoing revision, of five program components, as well as training and support for new teachers and their mentors. Under her leadership, BTSS received state and national recognition as an expemplary induction program and model. She co-authored the district's Quality Compensation (Q Comp) program, bringing a new level of professional development to the district. Loretta also served as coordinator of the district's music department, providing training and leadership to district and state music educators for development of curriculum, assessment, and instructional strategies. She is the author of eleven, and co-author of three resources for music education, published by Pearson/Simon and Schuster, Lorenz, and Hal Leonard.


Loretta has presented hundreds of workshops, seminars, and training series for state, national and international audiences on topics including Cognitive Coaching, new teacher retention, mentorship and induction, professional development planning, portfolio development, classroom observation, and Danielson's Framework for Teaching.


Professional recognition has included Minnesota Music Educator of the Year, St. Olaf College Distinguished Alumna, Ashland Oil Teacher Achievement Award, Brainerd Teacher of the Year, University of Illinois Fellowship, Minnesota PDP Fellowship, Minnesota Teacher of Excellence and Minnesota Honor Roll Teacher.


Also a successful grant writer, former adjunct instructor for Central Lakes College and Southwest Minnesota State University, and business owner, Loretta has worked with organizations beyond education, including business,   healthcare, and technology.

Loretta Norgon, Consultant


Loretta is a Training Associate authorized by the Center for Cognitive Coaching℠ to present the Cognitive Coaching℠ Foundation Seminar across the United States and around the world. She is also authorized to present the Cognitive Coaching Seminars® Advanced Training Parts 1 and 2, and training in Group Coaching.


In addition to Cognitive Coaching℠, She has extensive experience training classroom observers and evaluators. Her many years of work with new teacher induction and peer coaching programs gives her unique qualifications and skillsets to train mentors, peer coaches, and classroom observers.


With multiple additional training certifications and more than 25 years of experience presenting to adult audiences, she will work with you and your organization to deliver standard or custom-designed training to meet your specific needs.

Given more than 18 years of coaching experience, she is also available for individual, group, and intensive assistance coaching for members of your staff or organization.

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Loretta Norgon, Cognitive Coaching Training Associate

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loretta's Certifications


  • Center for Cognitive Coaching Training Associate
  • ETS Pathwise Observer, Trainer, Trainer of Trainers
  • ETS Framework Observation Program (Danielson)
  • Training to Lead Framework Observation Program
  • Framework for PC Software