Faculty Spotlight: Esther Diskin

Director of Communications; Teacher - Upper School English
Department and Program Affiliations:
Communications, Upper School, English

Academic background:
A.B., English, Harvard University
M.Phil., Anglo-Irish Literature, Trinity College, Dublin
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:
I had an extraordinary experience in college as a teacher in a program at University High School in San Francisco-- the originator of the Breakthrough Collaborative. That is why I have stayed involved in our incredible Breakthrough Program at NA.

What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy?
Everything. Really! I can’t pick one “most.” I just feel that learning unfolds in an exciting way all around campus; the challenge we face is finding the words and images (and time) to capture all the stories.

Norfolk Academy is unique because…
...the school’s long history is entwined with the Tidewater region; we have an incredible tradition of school leadership; and we have an Honor System that is at the heart of teaching and learning, shaping relationships of trust and mutual respect.

Last book read: 
LaRose by Louise Erdrich

What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working?  
Read newspapers--I'm very addicted to the news, reflecting my first career as a reporter and editor. I also love to travel!
Favorite food?
Impossible question for a cuisine explorer!

A movie is being made about your life. Who would they cast to play you?
Any actress who has played a Jane Austen heroine, preferably in a BBC production.
Fun fact your students might not know about you/might find surprising:
I love bicycling! I grew up in an extremely small town in upstate New York. I rode my bike everywhere--sometimes many miles a day! I took my rural bike-riding skills to urban settings in Boston (for college) and to Dublin.

“When I grow up, I want to be…”
constantly seeking new adventures!