Faculty Spotlight: Mary Werkheiser

Teacher - Lower School Physical Education
Department and Program Affiliations:
Lower School

Head Coach, Varsity Field Hockey

Academic background:
B.S., Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Lock Haven University
M.S.Ed., Old Dominion University
How long have you been at Norfolk Academy?
I have been at Norfolk Academy for 30 years.

Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:
I adored my female coaches in high school and wanted to emulate them. I knew since the fifth grade that I was going to teach/coach!
What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy?
Working with students from 6-18 years of age.

Norfolk Academy is unique because…
...it allows students to develop a multitude of talents, whether it be in the arts, music, theater, or athletics.

Last book read:
What Made Maddy Run by Kate Fagan

What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working?  
Spend time with my two children, husband, and dog “Toots.”
Favorite food?
My mother’s potato salad.

A movie is being made about your life. Who would they cast to play you?
Andie MacDowell
Fun fact your students might not know about you/might find surprising:
I’m a former Polka Queen

“When I grow up, I want to be…”
...a greeter at Ikea!