New Faculty Spotlight: Dalton Henderson

Middle School Teaching Associate
Department and Program Affiliations:
Middle School, History Department

Asst. Coach, Junior Varsity Football
Asst. Coach, Varsity Wrestling
Asst. Coach, Track and Field

Academic background:
B.A., Political Science, Spanish Minor, Virginia Wesleyan University

How long have you been at Norfolk Academy?
This is my first year teaching and second year coaching at Norfolk Academy.

Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:
I always wanted to be a teacher when I was younger, which played a huge role! My grandmother was another influence. She always felt that I would be great as a teacher and felt that I could have a positive influence on children’s lives.

What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy?
Being able to work with a great community of people as well as a great group of kids

Norfolk Academy is unique because…
...this is such a special community in that everyone is so caring. I felt like they were family from the first day, and that is a very special feeling that can not be found everywhere.

Last book read:
The last book I read was Losing isn’t Everything,by Curt Menefee.

What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working?  
When I’m not working, I love to dance. Dancing was such a huge part of my childhood and was essential to me being an athlete. I also love to cook with my family.

Favorite food?
Definitely between sausage pizza and bacon cheese fries. I also love chocolate ice cream.

A movie is being made about your life. Who would they cast to play you?
I would want my older brother to play me in a movie. Or Eddie Murphy! He is so funny, he could make the movie fantastic.

Fun fact your students might find surprising:
Even though I am an athlete, I love to dance. I feel as though dancing allows me to be a different person and learning that passion and expression of your emotions in different forms of dance is amazing and can be extremely helpful in life.

“When I grow up, I want to be…”
...Black Panther from the Marvel Comics! I would be a king of my own country and have amazing technology that would be very advanced. Plus, I would be a superhero...who wouldn't want that?!