Faculty Spotlight: Karilyn Sheldon

Teacher - Middle and Upper School Latin and Ancient Greek
Department and Program Affiliations:
Foreign Language Department, Middle School, Upper School
Externally, I co-direct the Caladinho Archaeological Project and work as a supervisor at the Santa Susana Archaeological Project, both in Portugal. I accept applications from NA students each year—internally referred to as the Archaeology in Portugal Program—if they want to come dig and discover the past with me.

Asst. Coach, Cross Country
Academic background:
B.A., Classics, Anthropology, and Ancient Greek, University of New Hampshire
M.A., Classics, University of Notre Dame
How long have you been at Norfolk Academy?
This is my third year at Norfolk Academy.

Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:
I started teaching accidentally, to be honest. I always wanted to be a writer - a storyteller, really. After my university hired me as an undergraduate to help teach my peers on a study abroad program, I fell in love with weaving narratives about antiquity for my students and bringing the past to life. Now, getting to know my students while bringing the past to life for them in both the field and in the classroom is so fulfilling that I cannot imagine doing anything else.  

What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy?
I don’t work - I play, I dream, and I teach. I love being in a place where I have the support and freedom to create and teach new courses, like the Ancient Greek course.
Last book read:
The Woman Who Would Be King by Kara Cooney

What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working?  
Read - in many different languages. I also knit, stitch, and paint. But my students all know what consumes most of my spare time and my summers!
Favorite food?
Fruit. I’m a fruitaholic!
Fun fact your students might not know about you/might find surprising:
I ran my first excavation when I was five years old. Granted, it was in my backyard and I got over fifty bee stings in the process, but I did remove the large stone that obstructed my sledding path in the end.

“When I grow up, I want to be…”
...a ballerina