Promoting diversity and inclusion is an ongoing priority at Noble. We strongly believe in ensuring our staff has an inclusive environment to collaborate in offering our students the diverse education they deserve. We realize that teachers are the number one predictor of student success, and because of that we focus on hiring the best individuals.
In this section we would like to feature some of the hard-working, dedicated educators who drive Noble’s mission.
Interview with Anthony Hendrix
Where did you grow up and what is your favorite memory from high school?
I grew up in a small town near southwest Missouri with my four siblings. Neosho provided me with the necessary academic, civic, and social skills necessary to persist after high school. One of my favorite memories from high school was taking part in a variety of extra curricular activities: baseball, basketball, marching band, student council, National Honors Society, and more! I loved being involved in clubs and community events throughout my hometown. When students are provided with the opportunity to expand their learning outside the classroom, they acquire experiences/skills that will better prepare them for life after high school.
Where did you go to college, what did you study, and why did you choose this 2 options?
I attended college at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. I studied Biology (marine science emphasis) with minors in Spanish/Chemistry. Since a young child, I have always possessed an unwavering passion for learning about the world's aquatic environments and environmental protection efforts. I decided to major in Biology so I could pursue careers that allow me to work with oceanic exploration and aquatic habitat protection. Additionally, Spanish and Chemistry naturally complimented my major and seamlessly prepared me to excel in the competitive job market after graduation.
One of my most memorable experiences as a Noble teacher has been instilling the love and excitement I possess for science, into my students. Hearing young people question the world around them is a beautiful thing to witness.
What influenced you to want to work in education?
If you would have told me three years ago I would be leading my own classroom of students on the west side of Chicago, I would have never believed it! The series of fortunate events that lead me to where I'm currently at started my freshman year of college. At the time, two of my family members served as educators and spoke highly of their experiences in the classroom. As college graduation drew closer, I decided teaching would be an incredible opportunity to give back. After applying to an alternative teaching program and undergoing a rigorous training process, I was asked to join the Rowe-Clark Math & Science Academy for my first high school teaching experience.
What do you love about your role at Noble?
One of the best roles I occupy as a Noble teacher is serving as an advisor. Over the past three years, I experienced the incredible opportunity of watching 15 high school boys learn, grow, and find themselves throughout the perilous journey of high school. This role has given me the chance to get to know these students and their families on a truly unique level. The amount of love and respect I have for these students is truly unique and one of the best parts of my role as a Noble teacher.
What has been your most memorable moment as a Noble employee?
One of my most memorable experiences as a Noble teacher has been instilling the love and excitement I possess for science, into my students. Hearing young people question the world around them is a beautiful thing to witness. When students form educated guesses and create experimental set-ups, they ALWAYS discover something new through data collection. This constant feeling of being on the brink of discovery is what drives student curiosity- creating truly memorable moments of learning.
Noble makes a conscious effort to higher staff members whom possess a variety of life experiences: novice teachers, veteran teachers, engineers, civil activists, corporate. Ultimately, students benefit from the diverse leadership styles and innovative teaching practices of Noble staff members.
What does diversity mean to you and what benefits does a diverse staff bring to the classroom?
Embracing diversity is such a crucial part of what I do as a Noble teacher. I teach students from a spectrum of racial backgrounds: African American, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Mexican. From day one, students are made aware of these differences and encouraged to use differences between peers and themselves in order to come up with new, innovative scientific ideas within the classroom. The diversity of the student population Noble serves is also echoed through the network staff members. Noble makes a conscious effort to higher staff members whom possess a variety of life experiences: novice teachers, veteran teachers, engineers, civil activists, corporate. Ultimately, students benefit from the diverse leadership styles and innovative teaching practices of Noble staff members.
As a teacher of color who works for a network that serves a population that is 98% students of color. What is the biggest advice you would want your students to take from you?
In today's world, it is more important now to be an educated person than ever before. There are already too many social obstacles for my students to overcome after high school- a quality education should go without saying. The most important piece of advice I can give my students of color is no matter how HARD the journey gets along the way, never allow ANYTHING to stand between you and YOUR education. People have lost their lives in the long journey our country has embarked on towards educational equity. Knowledge provides youth with opportunities to connect with other incredible leaders throughout the world, acquire unique experiences, and receive the academic/analytical thinking skills necessary to compete in today's global market.