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Michelle LaVigne joins our Lower School faculty this year as a Teaching Associate after having served as a substitute teacher last year; she will work with the second grade team. She grew up in Virginia Beach, attending college at the University of Virginia. She previously worked for several years as a Teaching Assistant at Old Donation Episcopal Day School after having spent eight years on the staff at The Governor’s School for the Arts.

Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:
The opportunity to inspire students and have a lifelong impact on them is my motivation.

What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy?
Norfolk Academy shares in my own belief that honor is a core value.

Norfolk Academy is unique because…
The foundation for becoming an excellent public speaker begins in first grade.

Last book read: 
The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson.

What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working?
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, yoga, and going to the beach.

Favorite food?
I could eat pizza for every meal. 

A movie is being made about your life. Who would they cast to play you?
Tina Fey. She is not only a University of Virginia graduate with a good sense of humor, but also a cheese connoisseur.  

Fun fact your students might find surprising:
I have been a dancer since I was 3 years old and continue to occasionally take classes. 

“When I grow up, I want to be…”
A dancer performing on a world tour.

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