Faculty Spotlight: Trudy Gaba

 Teacher – Middle School Art
Department and Program Affiliations:
Fine Arts, Middle School
Academic background:
BFA, Printmaking, Georgia State University
M.S.Ed., Secondary Education, Old Dominion University
How long have you been at Norfolk Academy?
This is my 23rd year at Norfolk Academy.
Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:
I have a fine arts degree, not an art education degree. When I was hired, it was (former headmaster) John Tucker’s philosophy to hire professionals in their chosen field. He believed that their passion would be transmitted to the students and that he could train them to become teachers.
What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy?
I have stayed for all these years because of the many new experiences I have had from teaching. An example of that was bonding with a group of students my first year. I cried when they left me to move on to the Upper School. This was something I never expected, and it has been due to experiences like that, that I have remained.
Norfolk Academy is unique because…
…NA is unique for its honor system and the trust it creates. Additionally, it is unique in the student/teacher relationships it fosters. Many of which will last a lifetime.
What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working? 
In my spare time, I am being creative in my studio and in my flower gardens.
Favorite food?
Good lasagna and spaghetti
A movie is being made about your life. Whom would they cast to play you?
Angela Bassett
Fun fact your students might not know about you/might find surprising:
I have volunteered for animal control for the past 10 years.
“When I grow up, I want to be…”
…an artist.