Faculty Spotlight: Patti Rankin

Teacher - Upper School Mathematics Teacher (Calculus, Pre-Calculus)
Department and Program Affiliations:
Upper School, Mathematics, Sponsor of the Tunstall Student Council, Sponsor of Third World Grace (Club)
Former Cheerleading coach (2008-2010)

Academic background:
B.A., Mathematics Education, McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College)
M. Ed., Mathematics Education/Counseling, Johns Hopkins University
How long have you been at Norfolk Academy?
I have been at Norfolk Academy for 12 years.

Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:  
I enjoyed math classes more than other subjects, probably due to the excellent teachers I had in grades 7-9, and I wanted to work with people instead of sitting in an office and crunching numbers as an accountant. As a child, I also played school with my three younger sisters and I was always the teacher.

What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy?
I am excited about the amount of time we are able to spend with students. I also am impressed with the students’ work ethic and desire to succeed.  

Norfolk Academy is unique because…
...it is comprised of teachers and staff who truly love the profession and enjoy coming to work everyday. NA is a place where every student will find a place to shine. I also feel valued by the administration, my peers, the students, and their parents.

Favorite recent book read:
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working?  
I enjoy being with my family and friends at various functions such as outdoor concerts and eating out. I exercise using the resources at NA as well as those available to the community, and especially like to walk on the Chesapeake Bay beach. I also really enjoy dancing.
Favorite food?
Italian and seafood

A movie is being made about your life. Who would they cast to play you?
Meryl Streep
Fun fact your students might not know about you/might find surprising:  
I went to college after my junior year of high school.

“When I grow up, I want to be…”
...a dancer