Kelly Dewey '04 begins in 2019-20 as an Upper School German teacher. She will also coach field hockey and lacrosse.
B.A., Pomona College
M.A., Middlebury College
Ms. Dewey was a Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude graduate of Pomona College, where she majored in German. She lived and worked in Germany for several years as a paralegal coordinator at a firm in Frankfurt and as a management assistant at an IT company in Nuremberg. She returned to the United States in 2015, to teach and coach at the Perkiomen School in Pennsylvania.
Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:
There's no career more rewarding or more fun than this one, and I loved the idea of getting to speak German and play sports as my job.
What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy?
As a graduate, I was already familiar with the school culture, and I am thrilled about getting to be back. The high energy and the enthusiasm about being here, from the students to the faculty to the staff, is incredible.
Norfolk Academy is unique because…
of the caliber of the students and the dedication of the faculty and staff.
Last book read:
Born A Crime by Trevor Noah was my faculty summer reading book, and I loved it!
What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working?
I love distance running and am currently training for the Shamrock Half Marathon in March 2020.
Tapas, or any other kind of meal that involves a ton of different little things.
A movie is being made about your life. Who would they cast to play you?
Someone short and loud!
Fun fact your students might find surprising:
I started speaking Spanish at Norfolk Academy before I ever took German, and only started German because there wasn't a school Spanish exchange that year and I wanted to travel on an exchange trip. I visited Löningen, fell in love with Germany, and continued on my path with German, but kept speaking Spanish all through college and minored in it.
“When I grow up, I want to be…”
doing what I do! I get to combine my love of German and my love of team sports, and in the summers I can continue to pursue my love of backpacking. I've hiked more than 360 miles of the Appalachian Trail so far and am working on completing all 2,200 miles of it.