Faculty Spotlight: Natasha Naujoks

Teacher – Upper School History; Co-Director, Global Affairs Fellows
Department and Program Affiliations:
History Department, Batten Civic and Global Leadership Program 

Academic background:
B.A., History, Fordham University
M.A., History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ph.D., History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
How long have you been at Norfolk Academy?
This will be my eighth year teaching at Norfolk Academy.

Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:
Teaching has always been my favorite part of being an historian because I think that both are fundamentally an exercise in the art of asking questions. I always tell my students that my job isn’t to teach them what to think, but rather how to think.

What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy?
I get to work with extraordinary people – both students and colleagues – who are always willing to challenge each other and to be challenged in turn.

Norfolk Academy is unique because…
...it provides endless opportunities to build meaningful relationships with students both in and out of the classroom.

What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working?
Read, travel, and listen to music

Last book read:
Nana, by Émile Zola
Favorite food?

A movie is being made about your life. Who would they cast to play you?
(Upper School art history and studio art teacher) Greg Barton
Fun fact your students might not know about you/might find surprising:
My Senior Superlative in high school was “Most Clever.”

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