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Rebecca Poston

Rebecca Poston '95 begins in 2019-20 as a Lower School teaching associate. She also will be a long-term substitute this fall.

Academic background:
B.A., University of Virginia
B.S.N., University of Virginia
M.S.N., Old Dominion University
Ph.D., University of Virginia

Additional experience:
After graduating from Norfolk Academy, Dr. Poston pursued undergraduate degrees in religious studies and nursing, and graduate and doctoral work in nursing with a focus in bioethics. She has held a variety of roles in healthcare, including pediatric nurse and pediatric nurse practitioner. She then transitioned into higher education, where one of her roles was as assistant professor in Old Dominion University's College of Health Sciences. She most recently served there as co-director of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program. She has also served on Virginia's Board of Nursing.

Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:
I love to learn! I am an eternal student and love the pursuit of new knowledge. Being an educator in higher education gave me an amazing foundation for what it means to be part of a learning community. As I transition to the secondary space, I am in awe of the level of excellence and commitment that our students and our faculty demonstrate daily. What an amazing place to be to continue the lifelong pursuit of knowledge! I love to stretch and think in new and different ways, and the amazing minds of young students provide such a rich landscape to watch this happen.

What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy?
I am so excited to become part of this amazing community. As a 12-year thriver and parent of two NA Bulldogs, I have had the amazing privilege of knowing and loving this place for a long time! It is a place where I feel welcomed, supported, valued, and given the space to grow in new and exciting ways as an educator, citizen, and member of this amazing family! To come to work each day to a team of smiling, excited, talented, accomplished legends in the classroom, on the stage, on the field, in the arts...what a tremendous gift!

Norfolk Academy is unique because…
at its central core it is a community of dedicated citizens of the greater world, working and striving each day to contribute to a just society in meaningful and powerful ways. Building, facilitating, protecting, instilling a community of trust is at the center of the mission of this place. A commitment to this work is what allows young minds to grow into responsible, empathetic, and honorable leaders of the next generation.

Last books read:
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Masterpiece by Elise Broach.

What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working?
I love to spend time with my family – Evans, Margaret, and Charles. We love to travel and explore the world around us!

Favorite food?
Steamed Blue Crabs – with plenty of Old Bay.

A movie is being made about your life. Who would they cast to play you?
This is a tough one.....maybe Diane Keaton?

Fun fact your students might find surprising:
I officially joined the Bulldog family in the fall of 1983 in Mrs. McDaniel’s first grade class! I loved learning about math using the rod system.

“When I grow up, I want to be…”
the mother of happy, grounded children who are citizen-leaders ready to ‘be the good’ in the world around them.

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