Become a Teacher and Make a Difference With Noble Schools

Noble is a non-profit organization that has a system of 17 charter public schools and one middle school throughout Chicago. The organization has a mission of being a “A catalyst for educational equity in Chicago that empowers students with the scholarship, discipline, and honor necessary to succeed in college and lead exemplary lives.”

And…they are interested in hiring IU Arts+Sciences students.

We asked Hailey Ott, Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist at Noble, to tell us more about Noble Schools:

Please share a few reasons why you chose to work for your organization. What appealed to you when you were doing your own job search?
“I knew that I wanted to work at an organization that was committed to educational equity for students who have long been underserved in Chicago, and Noble Schools are the highest performing, open enrollment public schools in the city. Truth is, there are many different options to choose from if you want to work in the education space in Chicago, but what differentiated Noble for me was the positive impact that our schools have had on increasing college access for mostly low-income, students of color. ”

Please describe the office culture and what you feel distinguishes your organization from others.
“Noble Schools are successful because of our teachers coming to work every day and teaching from a place of love and high expectations for our students. Noble teachers are whip-smart, innovative, dependable, and above all else, believe deeply in the potential of our students. This is where the high expectations piece comes in – we believe that our students can reach those expectations and we will provide the supports to get them there.”

What common skill sets do you find in students who are most successful within your organization?
“The new hires that are most successful in our organization are those that, in their personal and professional life, have demonstrated that they are aligned with our core values. Our core values are: Results, Respect, Follow Through, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Humility and Self-Awareness. We do not expect our new hires coming straight from their undergraduate career to be perfect teachers, but those who are most successful at Noble are reflective, self-aware, and humble. They can identify their strengths and areas of growth, and they receive feedback well and implement it in order to grow. Also, not surprising for an organization that serves a student population where 98% identify as people of color, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is a value that is always at the forefront. Our most successful new hires have shown that they believe diverse teams perform better and will get the best results for our students. They also show that they are willing to learn, grow and reflect in the gray, sometimes uncomfortable areas that can exist when participating in conversations surrounding DEI, while always assuming the best intentions in their colleagues.”

Please describe the value of a liberal arts education and why your organization is interested in recruiting students with this background.
“Noble is interested in recruiting educators who can serve as either a mirror or a window for our students. A mirror is an educator who reflects their own culture and helps build their identity, while a window is an educator who offers a view into another’s experience and perspective. Our students need and deserve both, and those with a liberal arts background bring to the table a diverse set of content knowledge and life experience. Really, what we ultimately want for our students is to be invested in learning, and we believe that students with a liberal arts background are inquisitive and can effectively invest our students in the power of a high-quality education, because they experienced it for themselves.”

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Noble schools is hiring for a variety of teaching postions. Apply here.

By Hillary Nienhouse
Hillary Nienhouse Assistant Director, Employer Relations Hillary Nienhouse