Director, International Programs; Asst. Director, Batten Civic and Global Leadership Program; Asst. Director, Global Health Fellows Program
I coached in our volleyball and girls’ lacrosse programs for my first four years.
Norfolk Academy ’02
B.A., International Studies (Political Science, French, African Studies), Middlebury College
School for International Training: Madagascar; Switzerland
Global Health Delivery Intensive, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
How long have you been at Norfolk Academy?
This is my 9th year on faculty, and I was a 12-year survivor as a student.
Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:
Some of the most influential people in my life were my teachers and coaches at Norfolk Academy. I have always loved working with kids, and I think empowered young people can make a significant, real impact in their local and global communities. I love seeing what talented, creative, driven, optimistic young people are capable of accomplishing.
My path into education was a bit unconventional, as I worked for a few years for an international nonprofit in Malawi and India, where I designed curricula and trained American high school and college student volunteers to teach health and environmentally-focused curricula in rural schools. The Global Health Fellows Program here at Norfolk Academy is a marriage of my past life as an educator with my present one, and it has been one of the most enriching professional experiences.
What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy?
Hands down, the people (colleagues, students, staff, families). It is an incredible gift to spend my days surrounded by colleagues who love what they do, who see this profession as a calling and not a job, and who are downright good people.
I also love how NA is embracing experiential educational with the formation of new student programming – such as the Fellows Program, Medical Scholars Program, and Mini-mester – that are intentionally linked to and in support of the core curriculum.
Norfolk Academy is unique because…
...the honor code is the taproot of the institution.
...of the strength and longevity of relationships built while at NA (between students, between students and faculty, between faculty).
...of the emphasis on character development over academic achievement.
Last book read:
I’m currently reading The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston and Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling.
What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working?
I have a serious case of wanderlust and love getting off the beaten path while traveling. I’ve been fortunate to spend time in over 50 countries and thrive on meeting new people and experiencing new places. We now have an 18-month-old daughter, Mercer, so travel has slowed down a little bit, but seeing her interact and explore the world around her is just a new type of adventure and one of the most incredible things to witness.
Anything on the menu at Commune, paired with their burnt honey latte. Best thing ever. (If you haven’t been to Commune, you are seriously missing out!)
A movie is being made about your life. Who would they cast to play you?
I have no clue. I polled some colleagues and they said Emma Stone or Emily Blunt.
Fun fact your students might not know about you/might find surprising:
When I lived in India, I participated in a 10-day completely silent meditation retreat…twice. Most challenging/rewarding experience ever.
“When I grow up, I want to be…”
...a good cook. I need help!