New Faculty Spotlight: Betsy Guzik '89

Teacher - Middle School Life Science
Department and Program Affiliations:
Science, Middle School

Academic background:
Norfolk Academy '89
B.A., Biological Anthropology, Cornell University
M.A., Biological Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles
M.B.A., Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
How long have you been at Norfolk Academy?
Cumulatively, this will be my 11th school year at NA. I became a Bulldog as a 7th grader. I returned as Director of Communications and spent four years in that capacity. This is my first year teaching at NA.

Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:
The people who have had the greatest impact on my life have been my own teachers, so many of them here at NA. I love school and I love the thrill of learning something new – every day I hope to kindle that joy of learning in our students.

What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy?
I adore the people I get to spend time with every day. While the expectations are high for students and teachers alike, we’re surrounded by people who want us to succeed, who understand that we’ll make mistakes, and who will rally behind us to help us “level up.” 

Norfolk Academy is unique because…
...our emphasis on really getting to know one another, learning about different aspects of each other as students, athletes, artists, teachers, and coaches makes this community truly remarkable.  

What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working?  
There is a little cabin on a lake in the Adirondacks where I spent summers with my extended family as a child. Now, my own family travels up to the same place. We spend days kayaking, wakeboarding and tubing, island hopping, hiking, and exploring. When I’m not there, I spend my spare time dreaming about the lake.

Last book read:
Love in the Time of Cholera, for the fourth time, I think…
Favorite food?
Cheese and crackers. I would be happy eating hot pepper cheese and Triscuits for the rest of my life.

A movie is being made about your life. Whom would they cast to play you?
Will Ferrell
Fun fact your students might not know about you/might find surprising:
I beat Mark Spitz in a 50m butterfly! He was an assistant coach for the Masters swim team at UCLA. A German TV crew was filming a segment featuring Coach Spitz, so he jumped in the water for a set. I was wearing fins and I bet he wasn’t trying very hard, but I beat him ON FILM! They did a retake.

“When I grow up, I want to be…”
...I’ll always want to be Jane Goodall.