Faculty Spotlight: Kathy Warn

Teacher - Third Grade Girls
Department and Program Affiliations:
Lower School

Although I don’t coach a sport, I believe that I am coaching my students each and every day in the classroom!

Academic background:
B.A., Elementary Education, College of William and Mary
M.A., Education, Old Dominion University
How long have you been at Norfolk Academy?
I have been teaching at Norfolk Academy for 35 years.

Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:  
As a child, I lived in Fork Union, Virginia, and my father was a math instructor at Fork Union Military Academy. My mother was the secretary to the athletic director.  We lived on campus, as did many of my close FUMA friends. Our families were very active at the school, both in the classroom and on the playing field, so becoming an educator was an appealing occupation for many of us as we were growing up in our small village.

What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy?  
Norfolk Academy is a unique and caring community. Having grades 1-12 on our campus is exciting because of the many activities taking place from one day to another. Our Lower School students are busy with various classes and resources in grades 1-6. Yet, it is exciting to walk on our campus and see so many familiar faces of my former students, who are now in our Middle School and Upper School divisions. It is very rewarding to watch our students grow up right before our eyes!  

Norfolk Academy is unique because…
...we are truly a family and interconnected community; many of us spend more time at school than at our homes. Some of my closest friends are my N.A. colleagues.   

Last book read:  
Christmas Jars and a related children’s book entitled Penny’s Christmas Jar Miracle; both are touching stories written by Jason F. Wright.

What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working?  
Although I have limited time during the school year, I enjoy refinishing antique furniture, scrapbooking, sewing, and relaxing at the beach in Avon, North Carolina.  
Favorite food?
Dark chocolate!

A movie is being made about your life. Who would they cast to play you?  
My sister knows me so well; perhaps she would be a good person to cast for such a movie!
Fun fact your students might not know about you/might find surprising:  
I can’t seem to “graduate” from third grade. When I first came to N.A. I taught third grade boys for four years. Then there was an opening for third grade girls, and I requested that position. I have now taught third grade girls for the past 31 years!

“When I grow up, I want to be…
...a docent in Colonial Williamsburg. When I was in college, I enjoyed wandering down the quiet streets of Colonial Williamsburg.