Teacher - Seventh Grade Social Studies
Department and Program Affiliations:
History, Service Programs (Coordinator of Royster Middle School Service Programs), Royster Happy Club Faculty Sponsor
I coached in our Field Hockey and Lacrosse programs for my first 10 years here (and swimming for my first two years). I have taken a coaching hiatus since the birth of my children.
Norfolk Academy ’00
B.A., Art History and Sociology, Sweet Briar College (go Vixens!)
M.Ed., Educational Leadership, University of Virginia (go Hoos!)
How long have you been at Norfolk Academy?
I have been teaching at Norfolk Academy for 13 years. I was also a student here for all 12 years, so I guess that means this is my 25th year at Norfolk Academy.
Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:
I spent my summers at Camp Alleghany in Lewisburg, West Virginia. I always looked up to my counselors and ultimately enjoyed serving as a counselor to younger campers. After college, I spent a year in England working for the English Lacrosse Association as a lacrosse coach and PE teacher at an all-girls boarding school north of London. Returning to teach and coach at Norfolk Academy was a natural next step and perfect fit for me.
What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy?
Having spent the vast majority of my life on this campus, I cannot imagine not being here. The people (students, faculty, and staff included) are interesting and enjoyable to be around and no two days are the same. I have never seen this as “work” or a “job” and I wonder how many people can truly say that?
Norfolk Academy is unique because…
...it is an educational institution with a strong foundation interwoven into the history of Tidewater that seeks to push students to be their best and connect with both our local and global communities.
Last book read:
I am currently reading Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life by Sally Bedell Smith. I am proud to be an American, but I do think I was born on the wrong continent as my love for all things British runs deep.
What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working?
I like to spend time with my family and friends doing anything, really.
Pasta. Or Bread. Maybe just Italian food in general?
A movie is being made about your life. Who would they cast to play you?
Kristen Wiig. She is funny!
Fun fact your students might not know about you/might find surprising:
I am not that fun. Or surprising. Is that surprising?
“When I grow up, I want to be…”
...a food photographer and/or the host of a travel food television show.