Faculty Spotlight: Janice Simone

Teacher - Fourth Grade Girls
Department and Program Affiliations:
Lower School, Social Studies Committee, Mockingbird Committee, Assistant for Young People’s Theater Program (YPTP)

Girl Power Coach 24/7, Previous Girls-on-the-Run Coach

Academic background:
B.A., Elementary Education/Social Sciences, Rhode Island College
M.A., Counseling Psychology, West Virginia University
How long have you been at Norfolk Academy?  
This is my 22nd year teaching in 4GB.

Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:  
When I was a little girl, I played “school” all the time. My younger cousins and friends were the students, and I was always the teacher doling out work for them to do and using my chalkboard to “teach”. I loved school and always felt that teaching is a noble profession. I also love children, and I believe my calling is to teach.

What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy?  
I love the family atmosphere and the fact that many of the students are at one campus for 12 years. I appreciate the well-rounded education and many varied opportunities to which the students are exposed; I am truly grateful my own children were educated at NA.

Norfolk Academy is unique because…
...teachers here are afforded the opportunity to be more autonomous and to creatively teach. When students graduate from NA, many remain lifelong friends.

Last book read:
The Confidence Code for Girls by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman…it is a girl power book that I highly recommend.

What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working?
I love spending time with my family and friends doing just anything. I enjoy cooking, walking and hiking, and being immersed in a good book.
Favorite food?
Anything Italian, of course. And, oh my goodness, chocolate.

A movie is being made about your life. Who would they cast to play you?  
Jennifer Aniston because I admire her, but probably Fran Drescher because we sound alike…well, only a little.
Fun fact your students might not know about you/might find surprising:  
I capsized out of my kayak on Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, New Zealand. While my son, David, was bent over laughing, my daughter, Lauren, panicked and jumped in, thinking she had to rescue me.

“When I grow up, I want to be…”
...at peace that I raised my children well and that I had a positive and lasting impact on the girls I teach.