Faculty Spotlight: Jennifer Scott

Director of College Counseling
Department and Program Affiliations:
College Counseling, Upper School, Senior Administrative Team

Academic background:
B.S., Exercise Physiology: Cardiac Rehabilitation, Dual Major: Communications & Rhetorical Theory, University of New Hampshire
M.Ed., Higher Education Administration: Educational Policy, Planning, & Leadership, College of William & Mary
How long have you been at Norfolk Academy?
This is the start of my seventh year at Norfolk Academy.

Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:
I love learning and thoroughly enjoyed my college experience at UNH. Go Wildcats! When I decided to pursue a career in college admission, it was because having the opportunity to work with young people during one of the most meaningful times of life is a gift. There is nothing more exciting than helping a student discover his story and find a collegiate home at which he will continue to grow into the adult he is meant to be.

What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy?
At the moment - the incredible energy on campus as a result of this year’s theme (The Year of Friendship)! The opportunities that exist to talk about connection, authenticity, active listening, and being truly present for those you love--just awesome.

Norfolk Academy is unique because…
…of the innumerable opportunities one has to build meaningful relationships with students and community members. I am so grateful for the chance to teach and learn with people so committed to exploring themselves and the world around them.

Last book read:
Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working?
I love to travel, photograph, hike, camp, listen to music, read-- but in truth, raising three littles to be the best human beings they can be is my most important “not at work” activity.
Favorite food?
Just one? If forced I’d pick raspberries, but gosh, fruit and cheese, cheese and nuts, nuts and a fire roasted Caesar salad…
A movie is being made about your life. Who would they cast to play you?
During high school my friends used to say I looked a lot like Staci Keanan from the TV show My Two Dads, but that dates me a bit. Maybe Tina Fey? After all, she does have experience in the role of a college admission officer (starring in the 2013 film Admission).  
Fun fact your students might not know about you/might find surprising:
I really, really love the outdoors. Hiking, camping, kayaking, canyoning, caving - I’m in. My soul is happiest in the Green Mountains of Vermont, but I’ve enjoyed neat adventures all over the world.

“When I grow up, I want to be…”
...happy, healthy, exploring- constantly exploring.