Faculty Spotlight: David Rezelman

Teacher - Upper School U.S. History and International Relations  
Department and Program Affiliations:
History Department, Upper School
Academic background:
B.S., Computer Science, University of Florida
B.A., History, University of Florida  
Ph.D., History, Temple University  
How long have you been at Norfolk Academy?
I have been at Norfolk Academy for 15 years.

Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:
To make a difference in the lives of others.  

What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy?
Making a difference in the lives of others.  

Norfolk Academy is unique because…
...of its student culture. Students are (in increasing order of importance) grateful to their teachers, intellectually curious, and kind to their peers.  
Last book read:
Becoming Shakespeare: The Unlikely Afterlife that Turned a Provincial Playwright into the Bard by Jack Lynch.  

What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working?  
Listen to music and read
Favorite food?
Anything with cheese

A movie is being made about your life. Who would they cast to play you?
  • What my students would say: Jason Momoa
  • What my friends would say: Tom Hardy
  • What society would say: Chris Hemsworth
  • What my spouse would say: John Hodgman (I asked)  
  • What I would say: Mark Rylance
  • Who would actually play me: Don Rickles
Fun fact your students might not know about you/might find surprising:
I was born in a crossfire hurricane.  

“When I grow up, I want to be…”
...telling history stories.