Faculty Spotlight: Robert Call

Teacher - Upper School Physics; Co-Director, EDI Fellows
Department and Program Affiliations:  
Upper School, Science, EDI Fellows

Robotics, TEAMS
Academic background:
B.S., Physics, Utah State University
M.S., Physics, Utah State University
Ph.D., Physics, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

How long have you been at Norfolk Academy?
This will be my third year at Norfolk Academy.

Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:
I had a lot of excellent experiences teaching classes and labs in college. I enjoy helping people conquer topics that they find intimidating and seeing the process of discovery. I did not seriously consider teaching at the secondary level until I was contacted by Norfolk Academy.

What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy?
What caught my eye about Norfolk Academy was the emphasis on values and education outside beyond simple academics.

Norfolk Academy is unique because…
...faculty and administration trust their students more than most places. They trust students to be responsible, do excellent work, and get along. I think that could only work in the right culture and the success of the students here suggests that the culture is exceptional.

Last book read:
Soonish by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith

What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working?  
My son and I play “airplane” and tag a lot. Besides that I am quite involved with my church. My favorite thing to do though is spend time with my wife.

Favorite food?
I like a lot of food but am not sure I have a favorite… maybe pie? I do not like spicy food.

A movie is being made about your life. Who would they cast to play you?
Sean Astin
Fun fact your students might not know about you/might find surprising:
I lived in the Dominican Republic for two years as a missionary.  

“When I grow up, I want to be…”
...still learning.