Faculty Spotlight: Matthew Lilly

Teacher - French I and II, International Programs Assistant Director
Department and Program Affiliations:
Middle and Upper School, Foreign Language Department, Office of International Programs

Asst. Coach, Boys’ Novice Rowing
Academic background:
B.A., French, Italian Studies, West Virginia University  
How long have you been at Norfolk Academy?
This is my third year at Academy.

Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:
There are a lot of reasons why I became an educator. A few years ago, I was getting ready to start a master’s program in European politics. I had started to dread leaving my job teaching Italian at a summer school to start that program in the fall, so I decided not to do the program with the idea of finding a job in education. One thing that really pushed me to that decision was how much I enjoy getting to know students and to share something that means a lot to me. I also love to learn, and what better way to do that than by going to school every day?

What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy?
The people. I look forward to seeing the students again after breaks and talking with the other teachers over coffee. It’s really a great place to work for a lot of reasons, but especially for the people.

Last book read:
I’m coming to the end of Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrick Backman.

Norfolk Academy is unique because…
…community is important here. The fact that I have so many points of contact with students and other teachers outside of the classroom just helps reinforce that.    

What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working?  
I love to travel whenever I can, cook when I have time, read, go to the movies, go to the beach, and play with my greyhound. 

Favorite food?
Pizza with arugula, mascarpone, and prosciutto. Or prosciutto and melon. They both taste like summer.

A movie is being made about your life. Who would they cast to play you?
Gregory Peck or Marcello Mastroianni  
Fun fact your students might not know about you/might find surprising:
I’ve visited more European countries than American states.

“When I grow up, I want to be…”
…a bon vivant