Collegiate welcomes new faculty, staff

With the start of the 2015-16 academic school year, also comes the addition of several new faculty and staff members at Norfolk Collegiate. Our newest additions bring a plethora of experience that is sure to be seen in the classroom. So, be sure to say hello when you see them in the hallways. 

 

Lower School Announcements

 

Sarah Hoover, music teacher

Joining our little Oaks is Sarah Hoover, who will be leading the music education curriculum at the Lower School. Hoover holds a Bachelor of Arts from Simpson University in Redding, Calif. For eight years, she has taught the elementary and middle school levels and has contributed her efforts at Immaculate Conception Grade School in Alaska, All Saints’ Day School in Virginia Beach and Christ the King Catholic School in Norfolk. Twice she has won the Alaska State NATS Avocational Award at the Lower and Upper divisions. She is excited about incorporating themes and content to engage and encourage our students’ musical growth. Aside from teaching, Hoover loves outdoor adventures including hiking, camping and kayaking. She is also very involved with musical theater and enjoys spending time with her 5-year-old son, Gabriel.


Melissa Silverman, science teacher

Melissa Silverman is no stranger to the Norfolk Collegiate family. She joined the school in 2006 as a substitute teacher and progressed to a fulltime instructor in 2012. This year, she will be taking on another new role as the Lower School’s science teacher. Throughout her career at Collegiate she has promoted student success through individual and small group tutoring sessions within the Learning Resource Center. Silverman holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Old Dominion University, and has received numerous teacher of the year awards throughout her career. Silverman is the mother of two rising ninth-grade students, Megan ’19 and Justin ‘19. In her spare time she enjoys the luxuries of gardening, listening to music and spending time with her fiancée Andrew Economou.    


Michelle S. Kellam, Lower School administrative assistant

Michelle Kellam will be greeting our littlest Oaks as she fulfills the role of Lower School administrative assistant. Working closely with Cletus Smith, head of the Lower School, she will assure all functions of the school run smoothly. Kellam is enthusiastic about joining Collegiate and she is devoted to creating an environment for children that establishes lifelong-learning. She believes building a firm community is essential. Throughout her career, Kellam has taught at Saint Patrick Catholic School, Conventry Elementary School and Seaford Elementary School. She also volunteers her summers at Matthew Whaley Elementary and Conventry Elementary teaching summer academies. Aside from instructing, Kellam most recently welcome her 5-month-old son to the family.

  

Middle and Upper School Announcements

 

Theresa Love, Upper School math teacher

Math is essential, and that’s exactly what Theresa Love, our newest Upper School math teacher is hoping to show students this year. Love holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and social studies from Radford University. She most recently taught at Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School in Virginia Beach and has also worked at Elizabeth Cobb Middle School in Tallahassee, Fla. and Hugo A. Owens Middle School in Chesapeake. Love is excited about her new role at collegiate and margining technology into her classroom lessons.


Maggie Mitchell, Chinese teacher

Maggie Mitchell is joining the Norfolk Collegiate family as the Middle and Upper School Chinese teacher. Mitchell has nearly 30 years of instructional experience, having previously taught at Tallwood High School’s World Language Academy, Brandon Middle School, Princess Ann Middle School and Tidewater Community College. She studied early childhood education in Taipei, Taiwan, and received her Master of Arts in Education from Regent University. Mitchell is passionate about teaching children her native language using interactive instruction methods and is excited to join Collegiate this year.
 

Alice Toy, Learning Resource Center Tutor

Cultivating students is our primary goal, supporting that mission is the new Learning Resource Center Tutor, Alice Toy. She has three years of successfully operating private and public child and youth educational development programs. Toy recently served as a tutor and instructor at Rawings Elementary School, Sylvan Learning Centers and May port Child Development Center in Florida. She is passionate about fostering lifelong learners, communicating students’ needs to teachers and using her creativity to create original impromptu lessons to adjust to students’ learning needs.     


Dr. Frank Thomson III, anatomy teacher

Science is the road that leads to discovery, and our new Upper School anatomy Teacher Dr. Frank Thomson plans to ignite students’ scientific pursuit by observing its impact on our organism structure. Thomson has an extensive background in oceanography, chemistry and biology including anatomy, physiology, developmental biology and microbiology. He holds a Ph.D. in oceanography and a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Old Dominion University. Thomson has taught at Thomas Nelson Community College, Marine Science Consortium and Old Dominion University. He believes teaching at the secondary level is an extremely rewarding endeavor and is excited to join the Upper School science department.    

 

Athletic Announcements

 

Jon Hall, athletic director

With nearly 20 years of experience as an independent school athletic director and coach, Jon Hall is excited to join the team at Norfolk Collegiate. Before coming to Collegiate, Hall directed the athletic department at Baylake Pines Private School in Virginia Beach for 19 years. There he successfully implemented a strategic athletic curriculum that fostered students’ physical, emotional, social and intellectual growth. His goal is to promote an athletic culture from top to bottom that aligns with Norfolk Collegiate’s mission and educational program. Hall believes an athletic program is the most visible and scrutinized aspect of a school’s community. In his spare time, Hall enjoys spending time with his wife, Debbie, and their three children.  


Taylor D. Kelly, assistant athletic director

Joining Hall in the athletic department is Taylor Kelly as the new assistant athletic director. Kelly has five years of athletic training under her belt and has served as a basketball coach and substitute teacher at Norfolk Collegiate for more than a year. Before joining Collegiate, Kelly worked at Norfolk Christian Schools, where she also coached for five years. She is passionate about physical education, sports management, coaching soccer, basketball and field hockey. She enjoys engaging students in the Girls on the Run after-school program, as well as Destination Imagination. In her role, she will schedule Collegiate’s athletic matches, manage various sports teams and mentor students. Outside of school she is a marathon runner and mother of two children.


Luke Reilly, physical education teacher

Luke Reilly is joining the athletic department as the newest physical education teacher and head lacrosse coach. Reilly has more than five years of athletic training and coaching experience, recently having been the assistant men’s lacrosse coach at Virginia Wesleyan College and Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. Under Reilly’s leadership, his players have successfully become NCAA Division III All Americans, All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference players, All-Virginia State Rookie of the Year, Time Middle Atlantic Conference Athletic Conference semifinalists and more. He is passionate about teaching cognitive concepts of motor skills and lifetime fitness, monitoring the academic progress of his student-athletes and designing fundraising sporting events.  

 

Administration Announcements

 

Latonya Hunter, staff accountant

Latonya Hunter is joining the Norfolk Collegiate family and our business office as the staff accountant. Hunter has more than 14 years of accounting experience, most recently having served as inventory accountant II at New York Times Co. in Norfolk. Before that, she served in accounting roles with Gold Rush LLC and William J. Brunke & Co. Throughout her career she has been awarded for dedication to the field with promotions and increased responsibilities. In her role at Collegiate, Hunter will work primarily with student billing. She holds a Bachelors of Science in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Old Dominion University. Hunter enjoys couponing and spending time with her husband and children.


Keisha Reynolds, communications specialist

Joining the marketing and communications department as the communications specialist is Keisha Reynolds. As such, she will work alongside the director of communications to advance the internal and external communications of Norfolk Collegiate School. In her role, Reynolds will help develop a new website for the school, as well as school publications, press releases, communications plans, graphic design materials, social media marketing and photography. Reynolds holds a Bachelors of Science from Ferris State University and a Master of Arts from Norfolk State University. In her spare time, she volunteers her efforts to various social, civic and professional organizations. 


Bob Roberts, IT manager

Bob Roberts is Norfolk Collegiate’s newest information technology manager position. Roberts is responsible for managing, planning, organizing and executing all IT functions at the Lower, Middle and Upper School campuses. He will also assure the maintenance of existing applications and the development of new technical solutions. Roberts has more than 30 years of professional IT experience, including operations, programming, networking and database management. He most recently worked a Portsmouth Public Schools as the Technology Support Supervisor. Before that, he worked for the U.S. District Court and Burlington Insurance Group. In his spare time, Bob enjoys baking breaks and pizza within his wood fire oven, traveling, scuba diving and antique cars.


Beverly Shore, admissions data associate & Blackbaud specialist

With the advancement of technology at Norfolk Collegiate, Bev Shore joins the school as admissions data associate & Blackbaud specialist. Shore has nearly 40 years of experience in the field with several of those years in the independent school system. She will assist with the integration of the school’s new website and the advancement of educational products such as FAWeb, Education Edge and Raisers Edge. She is excited about her move to Norfolk from Charlotte, N.C., as she will be closer to her family.