Faculty Spotlight: William Mogen

Teacher - Upper School German
Department and Program Affiliations:
Upper School, Foreign Language

Asst. Coach, Indoor and Outdoor Track

Academic background:
B.A., History, Minor in German, Davidson College
How long have you been at Norfolk Academy?
This is my second year.

Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:
I’ve always loved learning, and I wanted to experience the classroom from the other side. And, selfishly, teaching is the best way to learn.

What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy?
The students. Getting to interact with so many great, talented, kind, and wonderfully weird kids in class, at practice, and at track meets every weekend makes it worthwhile.

Norfolk Academy is unique because…
...of the people, which is what most people say - and I haven’t been around long - but it seems right to me. The students and my colleagues here are really amazing.

Last book read:
I recently reread The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño.

What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working?  
I enjoy running and hiking and being outdoors in general. I try to read a lot and watch as many critically acclaimed TV series as possible.
Favorite food?
A movie is being made about your life. Who would they cast to play you?
Cate Blanchett
Fun fact your students might not know about you/might find surprising:
I speak two languages: English and German. Oh, and I have four brothers.

“When I grow up, I want to be…”
...an accomplished gardener.