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Anna Meadows returns to Norfolk Academy as the Music Teacher in the Middle and Upper Schools; she previously served a few years ago in the Fine Arts Department. After earning her postgraduate diploma in education, she worked at St. Margaret's College in Christchurch, New Zealand as a music and dance teacher, before returning to her alma mater as an associate professor of music. She earned a master’s degree in jazz performance from Queens College in New York. She has worked professionally as a musician in New Zealand since graduating in 2007. Highlights of her career include arranging and recording a live album with a full jazz orchestra, being choir director for outdoor televised concerts with more than 100,000 in attendance, headlining the Christchurch Big Band Festival and the New Zealand Jazz and Blues Festival, and performing for the 90th birthday celebration of jazz icon Jimmy Heath. 

Why did you want to become a teacher?  

Since leaving school I have taught choirs and private lessons, so moving into a school classroom felt like a natural progression. The fun part of music is making it with other people, so getting to do that with students all day is a dream job.

What excites you about Norfolk Academy?  

I have been blown away with how much Norfolk Academy feels like a family. The camaraderie makes for such a vibrant and positive learning experience. I'm excited to be a part of it.

What's your favorite activity?  

Currently, sewing. I love making my own clothes and finishing off the day with the gentle whir of the sewing machine.  

What's one fun fact about you students might find interesting?  

I once won a double chicken burger in a rap competition at McDonald's in Singapore.  

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