Faculty Spotlight: Aubrey Shinofield

Athletic Director
Department and Program Affiliations:

Asst. Coach, Varsity Rowing

Academic background:
B.A., American History, Princeton
MPH, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan
How long have you been at Norfolk Academy?
This is my seventh year at Norfolk Academy.  

Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:
I became a coach out of college because of the impact that being an athlete in high school and college had on me and my life path. I went into athletic administration for the opportunity to help shape and support how athletics could further the mission of an educational institution.

What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy?
The energy, passion, purpose, intellect, and sense of humor of the people that work here.

Last book read:
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Norfolk Academy is unique because…
...of the supportive relationships created between the teachers, coaches, and students. Every season I am reminded of how important the teacher-coach model (and the understanding of what it means to be a coach in and out of the classroom) is to forming those relationships.

What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working?  
Spending time with my family, running, rowing, racing, reading…..anything that facilitates moving, learning, and getting better.
Favorite food?
Peanut butter

A movie is being made about your life. Who would they cast to play you?
Sandra Bullock
Fun fact your students might not know about you/might find surprising:
I hated sports until I went to high school and was required to join a team all three seasons. Athletics literally changed my life and how I thought of myself.

“When I grow up, I want to be…”
...an Olympic athlete.