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New Faculty Spotlight: Katie Aladj '03

Katie Aladj '03 begins in 2019-20 as Lower School Guidance Counselor.

Academic background:
B.A., University of Virginia
M.Ed., University of Virginia

Additional experience:
After graduating from Norfolk Academy, Ms. Aladj pursued her undergraduate degree in psychology. She then earned her master's degree in counselor education from Virginia, where she received honors and served as membership coordinator of the Chi Sigma Iota honor society. A Nationally Certified Counselor, she was an elementary school counselor in Virginia Beach public schools for eight years. During past summers, she has been site director for Horizons Hampton Roads, a summer enrichment program serving 125 children.  

Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:
I love working with children and their families. It is incredibly rewarding to support students in their academic and social development and to watch them find personal success in the school setting and beyond.

What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy?
The people! I am thrilled to get to know all the students and their families. As a Norfolk Academy alumnae, it has been exciting to return to a place and group of people that had such a meaningful impact on my educational career and overall sense of self.

Norfolk Academy is unique because…
of the sense of community and the attention given to fostering the development of the whole child.

Last book read:
Educated by Tara Westover.

What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working?
I love to spend time with friends and family. If it is nice outside, you can most often find me at the beach with a good book. I am attempting to learn to golf, which is a continuous lesson in humility. I also love to cook and bake.

Favorite food?
I love all types of seafood! I am also a dessert lover; my current favorite is any sort of fruit pie.

A movie is being made about your life. Who would they cast to play you?
Rachal McAdams.

Fun fact your students might find surprising:
I recently took up kickboxing!

“When I grow up, I want to be…”

Katie Aladj '03 is Lower School Guidance Counselor.

Katie Aladj '03 is Lower School Guidance Counselor.

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