Noelle M. Gabriel, MD, Chairwoman
Dr. Gabriel is a Norfolk native, Norfolk Public Schools graduate, and CHKD Pediatrician who has spent her life in service to children and their families as both an educator and a physician in the CHKD Emergency Department and Tidewater Children’s Associates. She takes care of children and their families from all backgrounds at their greatest time of need. Her decisions affect the lives and futures of the children in her care. As school board chairwoman, she has a proven record as the voice of change on the Norfolk School Board, and the NPS aircraft carrier is turning around because of her proven leadership and fortitude of character.
Dr. Gabriel is highly regarded by her colleagues as a compassionate, insightful leader. She continues to strongly support the students and teachers in Norfolk, and will continue to be a part of the new crop of spirited leaders pushing for quality change and accountability in Norfolk Public Schools.
"Noelle truly knows the student, parent, and teacher perspective of what Norfolk Public Schools is & needs. Once a student of NPS (yes in my classroom, I am proud to say) and as a daughter of a teacher of NPS, Noelle brings a unique perspective and knowledge base of the Norfolk community." - Rebecca Gardner, 2006 Teacher of the Year, Granby High School I.B. Program Coordinator
“Growing up in Roosevelt Gardens, canoeing with my summer campers on Willoughby Bay, volunteering at the Greek Festival, and working at CHKD has built life-long, lasting connections in Norfolk.” - Noelle Gabriel, MD
Noelle is a proud Norfolk native and very proud product of Norfolk Public Schools where her mother, Christina Gabriel, was a Granby High School math teacher until her untimely passing in 2012. Dr. Gabriel attended Little Creek Elementary, Azalea Gardens Middle, and graduated in the top of her class from Granby High School. She went onto become the Kaufman Award recipient of her graduating class at Old Dominion University in 2002. The Kaufman award is the highest honor awarded to a student "who has exerted an exceptional and constructive influence on the university, its students or the community by demonstrating the highest qualities of leadership and service." She graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, and completed her pediatric residency at the Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters. In addition to the Norfolk School Board, she sits on the Old Dominion University Board of the College of Sciences, and the Steering Committee of EVMS, Minus 9 to 5. Who better to lead our schools than a pediatrician with a history of caring for children and their families?