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Zach Minor, a 2018 graduate of Norfolk Academy, rejoins our family as a Lower School Teaching Associate working with First Grade. He also will coach in the football, basketball, and track and field programs.

Mr. Minor attended James Madison University, where he studied biology and education and worked in a biological research laboratory studying DNA replication. Upon graduation, he remained at JMU and earned a master's degree in teaching.

Why did you want to become a teacher?

I became a teacher because I love working with children. They keep you on your toes every day and also keep you learning. I love to learn; with teaching you not only teach but also grow along with your students. Lastly, when I was a student in ninth grade, Teacher-Coach Scott Fowler told me that if I went to school and got a degree and then came back, I could take his job one day. That was the first time in my life that someone told me I could be something other than an athlete and it motivated me to work hard and earn a biology degree and then get a master's in teaching and apply to come back to NA. 

What excites you about Norfolk Academy?

I love the community at NA. I personally have witnessed the community come together to support one of its own and I know that it is one of a kind. The community is vibrant, from teachers working out together in the early hours of the morning, to the students congregating in the lunchrooms or at study hall, all the way to the late hours of the evening watching various sporting events. I will always remember being a senior going from watching volleyball at the court to watching field hockey on the field and then to football on the turf. Being able to see my classmates and my teachers working at their craft was awesome and I missed that and love being back in that atmosphere.

Favorite hobby?

Probably playing games, whether it is at the rec playing basketball, on the field playing flag football, or even sitting down and playing board games. I especially love being able to sit down and hang with my friends while my brain is being engaged and challenged. A quote from the movie Tag stuck with me when they said “We don't stop playing because we get old. We get old because we stop playing." This quote helped me realize that no matter where I am physically, I can always have fun with friends.  

One fun fact about you students might find interesting?

Something that I have started to do over my lifetime is collect M&M dispensers. I have about 30 different M&M collectables that store and dispense M&M's. 

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