Teacher- Upper School Spanish
Department and Program Affiliations:
Foreign Language Department and Spanish Exchange Program coordinator
Asst. Coach, Junior Varsity Wrestling
Associates Degree, Tidewater Community College
B.A., University of Virginia
How long have you been at Norfolk Academy?
This is my third year at Norfolk Academy.
Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:
I had a sort of epiphany about 15 years ago. I was heavily invested in a high-pressure business and was traveling all over the country in pursuit of success. A series of events helped me to see that my priorities were out of order. I went to a career switcher course at ODU and determined to devote myself to things in life that were of the most importance; among those were education.
What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy?
The students at this school are just terrific, and I feel really lucky to be able to work with them. Our country and our world are in desperate need of intelligent, hard-working, and decent young people, and NA is filled with them. They make me believe that there is hope for our country.
Norfolk Academy is unique because…
NA is unique for many reasons. The first that jumps to mind is our history. But there are two unique things that I really think people should know about our community: We have a genuine and enthusiastic school spirit. This is something that cannot be contrived, and it is priceless. The students simply love this school. They are proud to be Bulldogs and justifiably so. The other unique thing about NA is that our students are the most polite teenagers to be found anywhere. I think they are raised in this culture of decency and civility from 1st grade on. It is so ubiquitous that one could easily take it for granted. Having worked in other schools, I can assure you that not all teenagers demonstrate such courtesy.
What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working?
I love to restore American Muscle cars and trucks, made by General Motors in the late 60s and early 70s.
Last book read:
True Grit by Charles Portis
A movie is being made about your life. Whom would they cast to play you?
David Ortiz would be my first pick.
Fun fact your students might not know about you/might find surprising:
I make sure to watch a few episodes of the Three Stooges every so often.
“When I grow up, I want to be…”