Meet Our Staff

 
Ms. Bermudez - Teacher at Large
 
Raised in Chicago, I am a proud graduate of Pritzker College Prep. I then attended Wesleyan University where I majored in Sociology and Spanish Literature. As a former Noble student I learned the importance of a quality education and I am eager to now be on the other side of things. I believe that the Noble Network is doing great things for its students and I am very proud to be a part of it.
 
Mrs. Boros - Principal
 
Mrs. Boros began her collegiate career headed towards the medical field.  During her sophomore year at Columbia University in New York City, she discovered that more than just doctors save lives; teachers do, too.  Shortly thereafter, she committed to Teach For America to serve 7th grade math students in Gary, Indiana. 
 
During her two years in Gary, Mrs. Boros earned her first Masters Degree from Dominican University.  While a teacher, she also coached incoming and current Teach for America middle school math teachers as a Content Specialist. After her second year, Mrs. Boros joined the Noble Network as the 9th grade Algebra teacher at Pritzker College Prep.   While teaching and leading the 9th grade team, she also completed her second graduate program in Administration and Supervision at National Louis University in partnership with the KIPP School Leadership Program.  Upon completion, Mrs. Boros became the Assistant Principal at Pritzker College Prep.
 
Excited to lay the foundation and lead the team from the ground up, Mrs. Boros opened The Noble Academy in the summer of 2014 as the Campus Leader.  She is so excited everyday to see how student led discussion-based learning creates confident and prepared future college graduates.   
 
Ms. Casola - 11th Grade Integrated Mathematics
 
Ms. Casola was born and raised in Herndon, Virginia, a Washington D.C. suburb.  She studied both Mathematics and Secondary Education at Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!).  During her time as a master’s student, Ms. Casola also taught Algebra 2 at a local high school.  After graduating, she relocated to Northern Virginia where she taught Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1 to seventh and eighth graders.  Ms. Casola is very excited to work at The Noble Academy in the fall and teach Integrated Math II.  When she is not teaching, she loves running, being outdoors, and spending time with her friends and family!
 
Ms. Colgan - Assistant Dean of Students and PE
 
Originally hailing from New Jersey, Ms. Colgan attended the University of Delaware and received her BS in Economics in 2011. From 2011-2012, Rose was a member of Match Corps VIII at Match High School in Boston. In 2013, Rose moved to Chicago to help establish math-tutoring services in CPS schools. In her spare time, Ms. Colgan enjoys biking, CrossFit, exploring the 606, and checking out new places in Logan Square.
 
Ms. Conroy - 9th Grade Global Civics
 
Ms. Conroy was born and raised in Chicago,Illinois.  She attended Phillips Exeter Academy for high school, where she discovered the power of the Harkness method.  After graduating from Exeter she attended Columbia University in New York City.  She double majored in American Studies and Sustainable Development.  She knew she wanted to work in education after taking a seminar called “Equity and Higher Education in America.” After college she returned home to Chicago and joined Teach For America as a preschool teacher.  Ms. Conroy is incredibly excited to help bring the Harkness method to Chicago. She believes that Harkness is crucial to developing critical thinking skills, strong communication skills, and aiding students in finding their own voice.
 
Ms. Flores - Office Manager
 
Roxana Flores was born in Mexico City and raised in Chicago, IL. Graduated from Noble College Prep in 2005. Ms. Flores joined the Noble Network  in 2009 as Founding Staff of Muchin College Prep for 6 years and then joined The Noble Academy in 2014. As a Noble Alum she is dedicated to working hard in making sure our youth become well educated professionals.
 
Mr. Green - Athletic Director and PE 

Mr. Green grew up in Vermont where he was an All-State cross country and track and field athlete. After graduating from Burlington High School he went on to run cross country and track and field in the NCAA at The College of Wooster while earning his undergraduate degree in international relations. Upon graduating from college he spent two years coaching high school track and field and serving as a Program Coordinator for Playworks, a national elementary school health and fitness initiative, in Boston, Massachusetts. After leaving Playworks he entered a graduate program in kinesiology at Michigan State University where he studied various elements of sports, exercise and health, constructed a thesis on aerobic exercise and strength training and served as an Assistant Coach with the championship winning MSU Cross Country and Track and Field programs. As a graduate student he also taught a variety of undergraduate sports and conditioning classes. Still an avid runner and lover of all things food, Mr. Green is new to the city of Chicago but is excited to explore all of the outdoor activities, and restaurants, that the city has to offer. 

 
Ms. Lampkins - Dean of Culture
 
Dean of Culture Ms. Lampkins was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Illinois. While attending High School, she dreamed of becoming an Architect and designing beautiful homes all over the city of Chicago. Towards her senior year of High School, she decided that Architecture was no longer the field she wanted to pursue in College. Ms. Lampkins attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she studied Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Child Development. Upon graduating from the University of Illinois, she eagerly jumped into the Teacher at Large (TAL) position at Pritzker College Prep. After a year as a TAL, she discovered her passion for providing structure and holding students accountable for their actions. In 2013, Ms. Lampkins moved into the Assistant Dean of Discipline role at Pritzker College Prep. Following a successful year as Assistant Dean of Discipline, in 2014 she became a part of the founding staff of Noble Academy as the Dean of Culture.  Ms. Lampkins believes through hard work and discipline; students will construct the essential skills to be successful in college and throughout life. In her free time, Ms. Lampkins loves to cook, dance, and spend quality time with friends and family.
 
 
Ms. Meraz- Administrative Assistant

Ms. Meraz is a proud Latina born and raised in the Northwest side of Chicago. She’s also a proud alum of Noble Street College Prep.  She attended my first year of college at the University of Illinois at Springfield. She then chose to attend Northeastern Illinois University to pursue a major in social work. One of the reasons why she came back to the Noble Network was because this is her second family.  She feels so comfortable working with the students and parents because she knows the culture here. She loves to explore the city, eat at new restaurants and discover all the secrets that Chicago has to offer. Chicago offers many cool sites and places that are not only fun but educational. She is very proud to become a new member of the Griffin family and cannot wait to explore, learn, and grow here.

 
Ms. Miner - 9th Grade World Literature 
 
Kori Faith Miner grew up in Skokie, IL, where she graduated Niles North High School. She attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she majored in English and Gender Studies. While in college, she worked at Potbelly, where she spent the majority of her time eating free food and complaining about how she couldn't wait to be out of the fast food industry and in the real world. After college, Kori joined Teach For America, and taught 9th Grade English in the Mississippi Delta for two years. While in Mississippi, Kori finally learned to drive a car and went to a lot of crawfish boils. She is lucky enough to work at the Noble Academy and absolutely loves it. .You can usually find her giving out stickers and teacher death stares in her classroom. If you have snacks, she will help you eat them. She is looking forward to another wonderful year at the academy!
 
 
Ms. O’Connor - Learning Specialist 
 
My name is Courtney O’Connor and I am from Cleveland, Ohio.  I graduated from the University of Dayton in May of 2014 with a degree in Education, this will be my second year teaching. Last year I taught seventh grade at a charter school in Cleveland, called EPrep.  I recently moved to Chicago this past July. I enjoy coaching and playing volleyball along with hanging out with friends and family.  
 
Ms. Rogers - Dean of Instruction 
 
Joni Rogers grew up in a small town in Minnesota. She graduated from St. Mary’s University of MN with a B.A. in Mathematics. She was a 2006 Teach for America Chicago Corps Member teaching high school math for two years on the south side of Chicago. While in the Corps, she earned her M.Ed from National Louis University. She was so moved by the success of her students that she decided to continue working with high school students. Joni spent three years teaching Algebra 1 at Pritzker College Prep before teaching at a boarding school in CT and a public school in NC. After seven years of teaching, she became the Vice Principal of a high school in New Orleans. While in New Orleans, Joni could not fight the urge to move back to the Midwest. She then took on the role of the Assistant Dean of Culture at Pritzker, and transitioned into the Dean of Instruction role with The Noble Academy late in 2015.
 
Ms. Plate - Learning Specialist 
 
Ms. Plate was born in upstate New York and raised in Connecticut.  After her plans to become a spy fell through, she decided to go to school at Bates College in Maine, a state that she already considered home after spending summers working on her grandparents’ farm.  In the free time that wasn’t spent doing Bollywood dancing and eating her way through the unlimited food at the dining hall, she minored in German and majored in history, receiving her certification to teach social studies in 2012.  However, her year long study abroad experiences in Vienna, Austria and Madurai, India made her realize that she wasn’t quite ready to settle down just yet.  She went to teach English in Vietnam on a Fulbright scholarship for a year, and loved every second of it (although maybe not sharing her room with the rat she affectionately named Bob).  Jessica then moved to Chicago to work as a Teach for America corps member.  She taught special education in Humboldt Park for two years in a resource setting, and is thrilled to join the Noble Academy team this year!
 
Mr. Raines - Disciplinarian 
 
Mr Raines attended high school in Jacksonville Illinois where I was inspired by our high school liaison officer to go to college at Western Illinois University where they had an amazing criminal justice program. Being a student that got into a lot of trouble in high school I took him up on that advice. I graduated from Western Illinois in 2009 then moved out to Arizona to become an Police Officer. After getting injured on the job in Arizona I moved back to Illinois to go to graduate school to study Social and Criminal Justice.  In graduated school I rediscover my passion for working with at risk and troubled youth and began volunteering with multiple different youth programs.  I received my dual masters degree from Lewis University in 2013. Prior to graduation I started working at Depaul University as an Public Safety Officer and most recently I worked for the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice as in Juvenile Justice Specialist.
 
Mrs. Richardt - 10th Grade Chemistry 
 
Mrs. Richardt grew up in the heart of central Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for her undergraduate studies. Upon graduation she moved to the windy city and attended DePaul University where she obtained her Master of Education degree. After the completion of her graduate studies, Ms. Richardt served as an 8th grade math and science instructor at Galapagos Charter School here in Chicago. Ms. Richardt is very eager to work in a high school role and is very excited to be a part of the Noble Academy team as their Chemistry teacher!
 
Mr. Rocks - Band Director  
 
Hello, my name is Mr. Rocks and I am the Band Director at The Noble Academy.  I was born and raised in West Rogers Park in Chicago and am a city boy at heart.  I moved to Cincinnati, OH to attend Xavier University.  At Xavier, I studied Music Education with a focus on Athletic Bands and Marching Percussion.  Upon graduation, I served as the Director of the Xavier University Pep Band.  As the director of this band, I traveled with bands to perform at the NCAA Tournament in Jacksonville FL, New York City NY, Chicago IL, and Los Angeles, CA.  I am thrilled to be moving back to Chicago and ready to begin and develop an innovative and exciting band program at The Noble Academy.
 
 
Mr. Schafft - 10th Grade British Literature 
 
Derek Schafft was born and raised in the Chicago area. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in English at Illinois State University where he captained the Men’s soccer club. Unlike most recent college graduates, Mr. Schafft was unsure of his ideal career path. Thankfully, an internship at a local high school convinced him to pursue a career in education. Once certified, Mr. Schafft began working  in Chicago as a 9th grade English teacher. He recently completed his Master’s degree in Teaching. Mr. Schafft is absolutely thrilled to be teaching composition and coaching soccer at The Noble Academy
 
 
Mr. Velgach - 11th Grade United States History and Russian 
 
Mr. Velgach is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied and taught history. After taking time to work on a documentary film about the perils of life in Post-Soviet Ukraine, Mr. Velgach returned to his favorite activity -- teaching. Growing up in an immigrant family in Chicago, Mr. Velgach grew to appreciate his family history and the importance of language for personal and cross-cultural growth. Bringing a unique perspective to the classroom, he hopes to inspire students to soak in the wonders of writing, reading, and the study of the past as they develop and mature in preparation for the real world.
 
Ms. Weingartner - Assistant Principal 
 
Raised on the south side of Chicago, Jessie is a proud graduate of Whitney M. Young Magnet High School and a native of Hyde Park. Prior to joining the Noble Academy, she taught 2nd and 3rd grade special education in New Orleans for three years. There, she cultivated a deep love for red beans and rice, brass bands, and teaching. She's excited about The Noble Academy's 2nd year and can't wait to see the all the Griffins, both returning and incoming, on the first day of school. When she's not working, Jessie likes to explore the city, read, sometimes paint (cough cough - not often), and plan trips.
 
Ms. Witt- 9th Grade Learning Specialist and Case Manager 
 
Tiffany Witt was born and raised in the Southwest suburbs of Chicago surrounded by family, friends, and cornfields.  As a child, Tiffany was very creative and spent most of her free time drawing and making plans to work in Chicago one day (sans cornfields).  Upon completion of high school, Tiffany wanted to build her art skills and decided to attend The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to double major in Art Education and Ceramics.  Following undergrad, Tiffany worked as an art teacher in a suburban school and enrolled in a Master's Degree program with Roosevelt University where she focused on Teaching Leadership and Special Education all while continuing to dream about working in Chicago.  Four years ago, Tiffany moved to Chicago to work as a special education teacher and lead case manager at a charter school in Humboldt Park.  It was here that Tiffany awakened her passion to help inner city students reach for their own dreams.  When Tiffany is not working, she enjoys spending time with family, playing with her two rabbits, reading, being outdoors, and continuing to work on her art skills.  Tiffany is excited to be apart of the team at The Noble Academy and cannot wait to get to know her students and their families!