Faculty Spotlight: Antoinette Bailey

Head Athletic Trainer and Teacher – Middle School Physical Education

Department and Program Affiliations:
Athletics, Middle School, Physical Education, Leadership Lab

I am an athletic trainer for all three sports seasons fall, winter, and spring.

Academic Background:
B.S., Sports Medicine, Minor in Biology, Longwood University
M.S.Ed., Education in Athletic Training, Old Dominion University

How long have you been at Norfolk Academy?
This is my 15th year at Norfolk Academy.

Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:
I feel like I have always enjoyed helping others and I love helping kids grow up. There is great joy in watching our students mature and navigate all the challenges along the way. I am lucky to have a profession that allows me to get to know our students well and help them use injuries as an opportunity for personal growth.

What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy?
THE PEOPLE! The phrase, "Don't judge a book by its' cover" comes to mind. Doesn't this place have a beautiful cover? The facilities, the resources, everything - it really is beautiful. But I think the cover pales in comparison to the wonderful people who walk this campus every day.  The relationships forged between everyone you meet here are food for the soul!

Norfolk Academy is unique because...
...it is a family. This community of people is so much greater and more substantial than the word "school" can capture. The relationships mentioned above aren't able to be formed in just any environment. I feel that is a message I try to impart fully on my own children who are fortunate to be students in our Lower School. One of my favorite memories was a recent alum who stopped by and–nearly in tears–explained how grateful she was to have been able to go to school here.  She reflected that until you meet others who did not learn in such a loving community, you have no idea what a blessing this place truly is. My momma heart was so proud!!

What do you like to do in your own time?
I love spending time with my family; our "little family" as my daughter calls our family of four humans and several animals (AND our extended family). I am lucky to have a really close family, and we are together nearly every weekend.

Last Book Read:
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis - If you are female, READ IT. It is not ground-breaking research. It is, however, a great reminder that we–as women–can always do a better job loving ourselves and one another.  

Favorite Food?
Anything my husband grills. He's quite amazing for lots of reasons, but goodness can he cook!

A movie is being made about your life. Whom would they cast to play you?
There is a running joke of how FEW movies I have seen. EVER. That said, my daughters could play younger versions of me because those apples didn't fall far from this tree. Rose S. would be Middle School me because we've said for years that she reminded me so much of myself at that age. Kate F. would be high school me because she has all the spunk I wish I had in high school. My mom would be the "more adult" version of me. If I can turn out to be nearly as awesome as my mom, I will be just fine.  

Fun fact your students might not know...
I think I am a pretty open book. There aren't things about myself that I feel like I've left a mystery. It may be interesting for them to know that I was quite shy and quiet in school. I spent most of my time with my siblings and cousins and wasn't very social.

When I grow up, I want to be...
...5'10". Other than that, I think I'd rather skip growing up and just keep doing what I am doing.