Noel is in his second act of life, looking to make an impact in young people’s lives, changing the world one mind at a time through education. He is passionate about STEM and gender equity in STEM domains, and devotes his time teaching, encouraging, and convincing, young women (especially women in traditionally underrepresented groups) to pursue a career in STEM fields, especially computer science. An unconventional and unorthodox teacher of three years, he hails from the enterprise software industry, using technology and outcomes based pedagogy to make learning engaging and fun. He believes there are two immutable first principles in living one’s life: increasing compassion in the world and decreasing meaningful suffering. He is an advocate of using social entrepreneurship to improve the quality of life for those at the bottom of the pyramid. He received his BA in Economics and a BS in Accountancy from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is on track to complete his MAT and plans to become a certified middle school teacher in Math & Science. He loves varied and adventurous gastronomic experiences and enjoys biking and long therapeutic weekend runs.
Khalia is a new educator, eager to start her teaching career at Maranyundo Girls School (MGS). She received her bachelor’s degree from Spelman College, an all-girls HBCU, where students live and learn by the motto that we have “A Choice to Change the World.” She views her opportunity to teach English literacy at MGS as her chance to promote the empowerment of girls and to provide a quality education to underrepresented students. Khalia believes that her role as an English coach will allow more opportunities for the students to achieve their dreams. Additionally, she believes that it is imperative to support students in developing their voice and their will to take action. She encourages students to be an advocate for issues that concern them and others. At Spelman College, Khalia was afforded the opportunity to study abroad in Kigali. There, she became aware of her calling to teach following a visit to the Gisimba Memorial Center, which serves as both an orphanage and school. Her time spent in Rwanda heightened her sense of community and the importance of education. She is returning to Rwanda with a newfound purpose in helping young people attain the knowledge and skills to navigate life. In Khalia’s free time, she enjoys travelling and experiencing different cultures, listening to music, and dining at restaurants.