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Mrs. Henry is teaching third grade at Norfolk Academy. She grew up in northern Virginia and graduated from the University of Richmond in 2000 with a Spanish major and an elementary teaching degree, while enjoying a decorated intercollegiate swimming career. She began her teaching career around Richmond, teaching in Henrico and Chesterfield counties in grades 1 and 2. She then began working on her master's degree in Reading Instruction while teaching full-time, completing her graduate degree at the University of Virginia in 2005. While she was taking a five-year break from teaching to raise two children, her family moved to Suffolk, where she returned to independent school work at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy in 2010, teaching in the Lower School early grades and Spanish to the Pre-K and Lower School.

Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:
I was born to be an educator! My grandparents were teachers and administrators and my parents both taught during their careers. I have always loved watching a child learn to do something new, so teaching felt like a natural career choice for me!

What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy?
I am excited about the opportunity to work with so many inspiring students and hard-working faculty and staff. I believe the people are what makes a school a family and I am honored to be part of the Bulldog community!

Norfolk Academy is unique because…
​The professionalism, dedication, and kindness of every member of Norfolk Academy is truly special. 

Last book read:
​Together by Vivek H. Murthy. I am ready for our Year of Togetherness!

What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working?
I love to spend time at the beach, go for walks and bike rides, watch my children play sports, and spend time with my family.

Favorite food?
​Ice Cream

A movie is being made about your life. Who would they cast to play you?
​A student once told me I reminded her of Miss Honey from the book Matilda.  

Fun fact your students might find surprising:
​I was born in Germany, spent a semester in Spain, and enjoyed traveling to other countries in Europe.

“When I grow up, I want to be…”
I am doing exactly what I always wanted to do. I am a teacher and a mother!

Sara Henry is teaching third grade at Norfolk Academy.

Sara Henry is teaching third grade at Norfolk Academy.

Mrs. Henry with her family.

Mrs. Henry with her family.

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