Meet a Mustang: The Noble Family
Communications: How many years have you been at Breck, and what are your current grade level(s) and position as a staff member?
Joseph: My name is Joseph Noble. I have been at Breck for 19 years and currently work as a groundskeeper for the school.
Jared: My name is Jared. I’ve been at Breck for nine years and am in grade 7.
Rhonique: My name is Rhonique, and I have been at Breck for two years. This year, I am in kindergarten.
Communications: Why are you proud to be Black?
Noble Family: As a family, we are proud of all the accomplishments made by Black people; in spite of the odds against us, we have been able to contribute on the highest level for a better country and a better world.
Communications: What is one way you and your family connect with your Black/African/African American heritage?
Noble Family: Every year, we have an annual gathering event to share our heritage and culture. We also have an online group where we keep in touch with friends and family.
Communications: From a student perspective, what is it about Breck that you enjoy most?
Jared: I like the welcoming and nice community at Breck.
Rhonique: I like my friends, my teacher, and recess!
Communications: What do you hope others will understand about what it means to be black?
Noble Family: We hope others will understand that we have hopes and dreams like everyone else and that we love our country and want to see the best for it.
Communications: From a parent’s perspective, what sets Breck apart when choosing an education for your child? Or Why Breck?
Joseph and Rhonda: We chose Breck for our children because it is a welcoming community. Breck also has other elements that we love, like being a one-campus school, chapel, and a warm faculty and staff who I work with and who teach and care about our children. As an employee, I feel like I am with family at Breck.
Communications: What is a meaningful experience you have had at Breck (student/staff perspectives)?
On Wednesday morning, Upper School students listened to Ugandan climate justice advocate Evelyn Acham.
MS science students collaborated on a climate change research project earlier this year. Their teacher, Ms. Alexander, created a scenario for her students that opened up opportunities for deep conversations about climate justice and helped them understand the complicated nature of negotiating resolutions while also internalizing the need for immediate action to mitigate its impact.
This year, the Breck Math League Team took second in Class 1A at the 2021 Minnesota State High School Mathematics League State Tournament. In a year of virtual practices, meets, and tournaments that literally crossed the International Date Line, the team stuck together and retained their second-place standing for a second year.