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Mrs. Chesson joins Norfolk Academy in 2021-22 as a second grade teacher. A graduate of James Madison University, she comes to us from the Williams School, where she taught fourth and fifth grades and held a key academic administrative post, Lower School Director. She has more than 20 years of teaching experience across elementary grades and in public and private school settings.

Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:
I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. Every day is an adventure and I think it is the most fun and fulfilling career in the world! 

What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy? 
I am excited to foster meaningful connections with students, families, and the faculty and staff. 

Norfolk Academy is unique because… 
Everything is done intentionally and with careful thought going into every decision. Students can't help but thrive in such an environment. 

Last book read: 
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working? 
I love to read, play tennis, go to the beach, and watch my sons play sports. 

Favorite food? 
Anything Italian

A movie is being made about your life. Who would they cast to play you? 
I'm not sure. Maybe Julianne Moore because of the freckles?

Fun fact your students might find surprising: 
I'm a student, too. I am working towards my graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Virginia. 

“When I grow up, I want to be…”
I am already doing it!

Jessica Chesson is a second grade teacher.

Jessica Chesson is a second grade teacher.

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