Señora Winn ’07 Salutes Her Upper School Advisor as a Lifelong Coach

The Upper School’s advisory program kicked off the year with a chapel from Señora Winn ’07, who recalled her days as a 10th grader at Norfolk Academy.  All of it seemed a bit “overwhelming,” she said--the many new teachers, finding the right classroom without a predictable numbering system, and the “looming threat of chem lab."

It was her good luck to choose a great advisor: Mr. Acra ’84, assistant director of the Upper School and U.S. history teacher. He encouraged her in her courses, helped guide her in choosing colleges, and stayed in touch with her after her undergrad years, as she earned a masters degree in teaching Spanish at the Universidad de Sevilla and then moved to Mexicali, Mexico to teach at the Orbis International School.

Last year, he welcomed her back to Norfolk Academy as a colleague, and he has continued to encourage her. “Coach Acra leaves a lasting impression, because we know he cares,” Winn said. “I learned a lot in Mr. Acra’s history course. I learned much more through my relationship with him.”

After the chapel, students had a few days to submit their choices for faculty advisors, and the first advisory meetings took place on Thursday. Advisory lunches, during which Upper School students sit at tables with their faculty advisor, started on Friday.