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Shim Richardson

Shim Richardson attended Old Dominion University and graduated magna cum laude. While attending ODU, Mrs. Richardson participated in a student teaching exchange program and completed her training in Caerphilly, Wales. She joined the Norfolk Academy family after teaching first grade for 12 years in Virginia Beach public schools and being selected Teacher of the Year.  

Teacher - First Grade Girls

Department and Program Affiliations:
Lower School

Academic background:
B.S., Elementary and Middle School Education, Old Dominion University
M.Ed., Education (K-8), Old Dominion University

How long have you been at Norfolk Academy?  
This is my 16th year at Norfolk Academy.

Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:  
I want to make a difference in the lives of as many students as possible and help them realize their full potential. I believe as a teacher I must motivate, inspire, and encourage my students to strive for success… be the BEST that they can be. Being a teacher is hard work, but I find it incredibly fulfilling.

Norfolk Academy is unique because...
of our dedicated teachers, students, and parents!

Last book read:  
A Better Man by Louise Penny. I have read all 15 of her books and loved every one of them!

What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working?  
Spending time with my family, reading, and scrapbooking.

Favorite food?  
Anything seafood!

Fun fact your students might not know about you/might find surprising:  
I lived in Bermuda for three years.

When I grow up, I want to be
a judge.

Shim Richardson teaches first grade.

Shim Richardson teaches first grade girls.

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