Meet the Fellows!


Dr. Tenaya Vallery     <>

Dr. Vallery is a native New Englander, having grown up in New Hampshire, and graduating magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. in biochemistry where she received several awards in both biology and chemistry. Since 2011, Dr. Vallery has been at Yale University completing her doctoral studies in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry. For the 2014-15 school year, she received the Excellence in Teaching Award in her department. Dr. Vallery was the co-head teaching assistant for a non-science major course as well as an independent research project mentor at Yale. Most recently, she was on the faculty of Citizen Science at Bard College. Dr. Vallery’s teaching experience also includes volunteer tutoring in New Haven, leading a coding workshop for Girl Scouts, tutoring in AP Chemistry, and as a guest lecturer at King’s Upper School. Dr. Vallery teaches Chemistry and co-directs the EDI Fellows program.

Mr. Robert Call     <>

Mr. Call came to Norfolk Academy from Chapel Hill where he is in the final stages of earning his Ph.D. in Physics and worked as a graduate teaching assistant.  He served as an assistant instructor and undergraduate teaching fellow while at Utah State where he graduated summa cum laude. He was also tapped as the Scholar of the Year; a Goldwater Scholar (HM); and president of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) and recipient of the SPS Outstanding Leadership Scholarship.  Mr. Call has extensive research experience and has published a number of scholarly articles.  He and his wife Heather have one son.  In addition to teaching Physics in the Upper School, Mr. Call also leads the Robotics team and co-directs the EDI Fellows program.


Class of 2019 Fellows
Patrick McElroy
Kevin Smedely
Nathan Williams
Sebastian Singh
Connor Holland
Frances Harrington


Class of 2020 Fellows
Maguire McMahon
Nikolas Yanek
Leah Smith
Sarah Haugh