Alumni Spotlight: Nicole Norby ‘08

Throughout the grades at The Franciscan School, a variety of topics fill our Science curriculum, ranging from earth science, to physical science, and life science. In partnership with the Diocese of Raleigh Catholic Schools, students are introduced to a broad range of studies that may pique their interest to go deeper in the future. For alumni Dr. Nicole (Thieken) Norby, it was during her middle school years at TFS that she developed her love of science that helped shape her career path.

Norby’s career path does indeed reflect her love of science. After attending TFS, Norby graduated from Cardinal Gibbons High School. She then attended the University of Notre Dame where she received her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and Anthropology. From there, she spent the next four years at the University of Virginia School of Medicine where she graduated with her Doctor of Medicine in 2020. 

Norby is currently doing an OB/GYN residency at Virginia Tech/Carilion Clinic. Her track in OB/GYN was selected intentionally. She shares that, “I chose OB/GYN because of the range of care (primary care to surgery), the depth of the bonds with patients (you have the honor of being a part of their major life moments), and because of the continuity of care with your patients. I absolutely love it.”

As a 2008 graduate, Norby attended TFS for eight years. “As I look back,” shares Norby, “most of my childhood memories were at TFS. It was where I grew up and found a love of learning.” Many teachers stand out to her as caring and impactful on her life. Specifically, Mrs. Moser’s science class in middle school was where she really started to find her passion for biology. And through playing a variety of middle school sports, such as volleyball, basketball, and soccer, favorite memories were formed. She also remembers the fun she had during “Read-In Day’ and field trips, most memorable being their trip to Old Salem.  

After attending college, medical school, and now a residency, Norby has spent many years in a learning environment. She desires to share with students to “Always keep learning” And outside of school, she includes a suggestion to “Find things that give you joy outside of work/school. Surround yourself with people that support you as a whole person.” 

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