Nate Kinnison, Norfolk School Board Ward 2

Parent, Veteran Fine Arts Teacher, K-12 Educational Leader, and unwavering advocate for great teachers, the backbone of a quality education for all children.

"Norfolk Public Schools needs a veteran teacher on the school board. A champion for teachers who understands the needs and challenges in the classroom from many years of first hand experience."

My kids are my life, and I want to make sure they're in safe schools with great teachers. I've been a strong educational advocate in Norfolk for the better part of a decade, and I look forward to continuing with unwavering support of our great teachers - the backbone of a quality education for all children.

Our greatest investment as taxpayers is in our teachers: 75% of our Norfolk school budget is spent on teachers and teaching.

The latest approved budget cut numerous positions from the fine arts, PE, guidance, library, and teacher assistants.

Research says the biggest factor in student learning is teacher quality. Norfolk Public Schools needs to make it our number one priority to attract and retain great teachers. Without our quality teachers we have nothing to offer our children. I strongly believe in unwavering support for great teachers - the backbone of a quality education for all children.

I'm a father of five kids, a veteran teacher, K-12 educational leader, outspoken advocate for teachers, and a passionate supporter of fine arts, vocational, career & technical education.

I'm also a proud graduate of Granby High School and a Kaufman Scholar of Old Dominion University. Norfolk is my lifelong family home. I received a fantastic, well-rounded education in Norfolk Public Schools. My wife, Candice, and I grew up and settled in Norfolk to raise our kids and be a part of this vibrant community.

As an educator myself, and Candice, as a pediatrician, we've dedicated our lives to the service of children and their families. We know that great schools can be a driving force behind our community. We know as homeowners in Norfolk, we need to make sure our tax dollars are spent to great and responsible effect in public education. And, we know that a parent's first concern is for the safety and well-being of their children.

"I look forward to having conversations, listening, and earning your trust as representative in Norfolk Ward 2 on the Norfolk School Board."

Strong Public Education Advocate

Pictured here with VA Secretary of Education, Anne Holton, & Dr. Noelle Gabriel, Norfolk School Board in 2015 during a trip to Richmond to advocate for funding for public education, and support for teachers throughout Hampton Roads, VA.