Faculty Spotlight: Ed Patterson

Teacher - Upper School Film; Director of Academic Technology
Department and Program Affiliations:
Fine Arts, Upper School
I supervise the NA-TV Athletic Broadcasting team.
Academic background:
B.S., Communications and History, James Madison University
M.A., Radio, Television and Motion Pictures, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.S.Ed., Secondary Education, Technology, Old Dominion University
How long have you been at Norfolk Academy?
I have been at Norfolk Academy for 23 years.
Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:
I’ve always loved learning and many of the influential people in my life were my teachers and coaches.
What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy?
The students and faculty here are full of energy and ideas each day. This makes every day different and exciting.
Norfolk Academy is unique because…
...the faculty-coach model. I have worked in all divisions of the school and watching students develop from eager young learners into young adults is simply amazing.

What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working? 
I enjoy reading, photography, and reading to my grandson, and I am a rabid cycling fan.
Last book read:
I never read one book at a time.  My latest two are: The Girl Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone and The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam by Max Boot.
Favorite food?
A great reuben sandwich
A movie is being made about your life. Whom would they cast to play you?
I don’t think anybody wants the role, but I would pick Paul Giamatti.
Fun fact your students might not know about you/might find surprising:
I was a chauffeur for General Westmoreland.
“When I grow up, I want to be…”
...5’9”, or a photographer for National Geographic.