My name is Dominique Winston-Fatoke and I am a proud member of Noble Street’s first graduating class – Class of 2003. I am currently, the Be Noble teacher at Johnson College Prep. My passion for Noble extends beyond the classroom, as I am a member of the steering committee for the Noble Alumni Association.

Why did you choose Noble?

As a child, my parents focused on the importance of education. Looking for a school that provided support, structure, and opportunity was of utmost importance. After attending a meeting, my parents found the ideal school in Noble Street. Many of my accomplishments are because of the structure Noble provided. Now, I realize that I am Noble, and my passion is to provide opportunity to the students I teach so that they too can take advantage of a Noble education.

What is your favorite Noble memory?

In high school, my favorite memory was the time I spent with my advisory. The transition from elementary school to high school was exciting, yet difficult. During the first few days of school at Noble Street, I was introduced to Mrs. Milkie. She welcomed the advisory with the largest smile. It was there that relationships were formed, and memories were created. Mrs. Milkie was our mother away from home. When there were issues, she was there to handle them. What I appreciate most were the conversations about being successful and learning great habits. Mrs. Milkie always believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself. We don’t speak every day, but I know that if I’m ever in need, Mr. and Mrs. Milkie are only one phone call away. Mrs. Milkie always believed in me even with sassiness and attitude. I remember efforts to support me outside of advisory with math. I appreciated the extra support and guidance. Currently as advisor of 30 girls, I understand the importance of building relationships and supporting the young ladies as they grow.

How did your experiences at Noble help you post-graduation?

As a student at Noble Street, I’ll admit I did not see the benefit. However, after graduating I immediately realized the importance of Noble. In college, I was prepared, organized, and disciplined. The tools I learned at Noble Street prepared me for college and life. The most important aspect of Noble is discipline. Learning to focus on discipline and applying it to life prepared me for future careers. Currently, I am a teacher at Johnson College Prep, and many of my lessons are geared towards preparing students to be disciplined and organized. Both lead to success, and it was at Noble that I learned the tools to reach goals.

What advice would you want to share with Noble students?

Success and failure are part of the process, and I have witnessed both. The main piece of advice I would impart is to never stop moving forward. Many times, students stop because of obstacles and circumstances. Obstacles and circumstances arise to build character and improve outcomes. I learned this as a student at Noble. There were many times that I had to make adjustments and overcome obstacles – passing math class was one of them. Learning to overcome is part of the process. As I teach in my class, every obstacle is an opportunity to succeed.

At Noble, we are college bound. As the largest charter public school network in Chicago, Noble’s high school program exposes our students to higher education options and guides them through the collegiate application process. Through college trips, college fairs, summer college immersion programs and required academic courses, Noble demystifies the college experience and shapes students’ beliefs and confidence about higher education.
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