Teacher - Upper School English
Department and Program Affiliations:
English, Faculty Adviser for The Belfry and the Literary Magazine
Norfolk Academy '99
B.A., English, University of Virginia
M.A., English Literature, Old Dominion University
How long have you been at Norfolk Academy?
I have been at Norfolk Academy for 14 years as a teacher, and I was here for ten years as a student.
Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:
I grew up in a family of educators. I got to spend so much time with my parents as a child because of our shared connection with school. Their careers inspired me to want to teach. I find my career in education intellectually fulfilling, and it gives me an opportunity to help people every day!
What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy?
I love my students! They are smart, engaged, friendly, and eager to take on new challenges.
Norfolk Academy is unique because…
...the students seek relationships with their teachers. Our school is a family!
Last book read:
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working?
I am a runner and I run in several long distance races each year. I love to read, take yoga classes, swim, and play with my kids, who are ages four and ten.
Chicken Divan, a casserole made with stuffing, chicken, broccoli, and a creamy sauce - it’s a Hudgins family holiday favorite!
A movie is being made about your life. Who would they cast to play you?
Fun fact your students might not know about you/might find surprising:
I spent a summer at the Coast Guard Academy because I thought I might want to go there. The cadets laughed when I asked about their art and literature classes, and I realized it was not the place for me!
“When I grow up, I want to be…”
...a Shakespearean actress on the stage in London!