Suzy Gunn '01 begins her first full year as a Lower School Dance Instructor in 2020-21, after joining Norfolk Academy in 2019.
B.A., University of Virginia
A 2001 Norfolk Academy graduate (she attended junior and senior proms with her husband), Mrs. Gunn began studying ballet, jazz, and modern dance under Elbert Watson at the age of 6. She also had training at Virginia Ballet Theater and the Virginia Beach Ballet Academy. She was a member of the Norfolk Academy dance team from seventh through 12th grades. She attended UVA to study engineering and German language, and spent a significant amount of time teaching and performing ballet with fellow students in the Rhapsody Ballet Ensemble and the University Dance Club. She then taught dance and gymnastics at the New York Kids Club in New York City, and dance schools in South Carolina and California. She returned home to instruct at Norfolk Academy during the 2019-20 academic year.
Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:
Several teachers made a huge impact on my life at Norfolk Academy, and I would love to give as many children as possible that same measure of support and encouragement.
What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy?
I love the family environment and the chance to work together as a team.
Norfolk Academy is unique because…
I believe that Norfolk Academy instills a wonderful sense of honor and belonging in its student body, and that these characteristics live longer in memory than academic study.
Last book read:
Stamped From the Beginning, by Ibram X. Kendi
What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working?
I love running and walking with my family and dog, reading, and dancing as often as possible!
A movie is being made about your life. Who would they cast to play you?
My dream would be 1990s Meg Ryan!
Fun fact your students might find surprising:
I hate to wear high-heeled shoes, and I don't have any!
“When I grow up, I want to be…”
Just like Mr. Watson:)