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Stacy Dobbs begins in 2020-21 as a Lower School Librarian.

Academic background:
B.A., Longwood University
M.L.I.S., Old Dominion University

Additional experience:
Born and raised on Virginia's Eastern Shore, Mrs. Dobbs graduated with honors from Longwood University in 1999, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies and earning her license for instruction in grades pre-K through 8. She taught math and science for one year in Prince Edward County then moved to Virginia Beach, where she taught in a middle school in Virginia Beach Public Schools for 20 years. The majority of her time there was spent as a history instructor, but she also taught math and English during her tenure. After many rewarding years in the classroom, Mrs. Dobbs decided to pursue her passion for libraries and literacy. She received her master's degree in Library and Information Science from Old Dominion University in 2020, and is excited to bring her teaching experience, skills, creativity, and love of reading to the students at Norfolk Academy.

Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:
I have always loved working with kids and have wanted to be a teacher for so long that I can’t remember wanting to do anything else. Even as a teenager, I babysat, tutored students in the summer, and worked for Project Headstart as one of my first “real jobs” in high school. 

What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy?
I love the respect that staff and students show each other, and I appreciate the value of the Honor Code as a critical component of this school.

Norfolk Academy is unique because…
It is truly a family atmosphere! I love how welcoming, inclusive, and kind everyone has been.

Last book read: 
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working? 
Spending time with my family, especially at the beach!  

Favorite food? 

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

Fun fact your students might find surprising: 
I love to decorate cakes, the crazier the better. I made my daughter a coronavirus cake for her sweet 16 in quarantine in April.

“When I grow up, I want to be…”  
An archaeologist.

Stacy Dobbs is a Lower School Librarian.

Stacy Dobbs is a Lower School Librarian.

Stacy Dobbs with her family.

Stacy Dobbs with her family.

Coronavirus cake Mrs. Dobbs made for her daughter's birthday in April. 

Coronavirus cake Mrs. Dobbs made for her daughter's birthday in April. 

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