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Maureen Speers begins in 2020-21 as a Sixth Grade Teacher.

Academic background:
B.A., Miami (Ohio) University
M.S.W., The Catholic University of America

Additional experience:
Mrs. Speers earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at Miami University in Ohio. She then began her career in education as an ESL English teacher on the Marshall Islands. Upon return to the United States, she worked in the field of Human Services, serving in the foster care system in Ohio and later at Family and Child Services in Washington, D.C. At this time, she pursued a Master of Social Work degree with clinical concentration from Catholic University. She went on to work as a social worker at the High Roads School of Washington, D.C. She began her time at Norfolk Academy as an active parent volunteer, serving as our Lower School Author Visit Coordinator for five years, as a long-term substitute teacher, and created a Mindfulness curriculum for Lower School students. She also volunteered in Admissions and with the Middle School Community Service program.

Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:
I wanted to join a profession that brought so much joy to children’s faces every day. 

What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy?
The teachers at NA are exceptional, especially the sixth grade team. I am excited to teach alongside them in a positive, engaging school environment with a bold vision for connecting to the students this school year.

Norfolk Academy is unique because…
The school community works as a team with an unwavering commitment to the students' social and emotional wellbeing.

Last book read:
Right now, I am reading We Want to Do More Than Survive by Bettina L. Love.

What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working?
I love being outside with my family, whether that is hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding or cycling.

Favorite food?
Sushi. I should probably be embarrassed by the amount I can eat.

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

Fun fact your students might find surprising:
I used to scuba dive in Majuro, Marshall Islands, and I would see World War II shipwrecks, undetonated bombs, and reef sharks.

“When I grow up, I want to be…”
On the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team.

Maureen Speers teaches in sixth grade.

Maureen Speers teaches in sixth grade.

Maureen Speers with her family.

Maureen Speers with her family.

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