Dear Lower School Parents,
Welcome those who are new to our Norfolk Collegiate family and “welcome back!” to our returning families. Summer is a wonderful time to rejuvenate and celebrate the small moments in life such as examining a fiddler crab up-close or catching fire flies. I hope that this time with your family has been and continues to be filled with many special moments of relaxation and exploration.
Norfolk Collegiate’s administration, faculty and staff have been eagerly preparing for what will most definitely be an exciting and enriching school year. We are looking forward to creating many special moments. Enclosed is important information you will find helpful in reducing any anxiety about the start of this year.
Please know all of us are here to support your family. Mrs. Lauren Willson, our administrative assistant, Ms. Jan Weintraub, our guidance counselor, and I are initial resources and are always here to assist in any way. Please do not hesitate to ask.
We are so fortunate to be working with you, our wonderful Collegiate families. It is my goal to provide the best educational experience for your child. Please do not hesitate to call or drop by if you have a question or concern.
This is going to be fantastic school year! See you soon!
All the best,
Head of the Lower School
|Cleteus Smith was nationally selected for his position as dean of Norfolk Collegiate's Lower School and served Norfolk Collegiate for four years before his new appointment to head of the lower school. During his 13-year career in education, he has taught third and fourth grades at an independent school in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as taught pre-kindergarten in Norfolk, Virginia.
Mr. Smith has also been an adjunct instructor in education at Old Dominion University and a master teacher of future faculty in ODU's classroom laboratory. Mr. Smith has been an investigator for grant funded curricular enhancements, creating lessons in environmental science and reading comprehension that were made available to schools throughout Va. He holds a master's degree in education from Old Dominion University and a bachelor's degree with a double major in theatre arts and communications from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He and his wife, Catherine, are looking forward to their daughter, Emear, becoming an Oak.