My name is LeShonne Segura, and I am a graduate of the Noble Street College Prep’s class of 2006. I went on to attain a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College in Sociology in 2010, and a Master’s in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education in 2016. Currently, I work atThe Chicago Public Education Fund, but I worked as the Director of College Counseling at Chicago Bulls College Prep for 4 years, and I currently serve on the Noble Alumni Association Steering Committee. I am married to a fellow Noble Alum, Adrian Segura, who graduated from Noble Street College Prep in 2005. Our one-year-old daughter goes to Noble Day Care.
Why did you choose Noble?
I was slated to go to a selective enrollment school, but wanted a school that was smaller and local. I appreciated their college-driven culture. I also knew that even though I was accepted into a selective enrollment that did not guarantee that I would have the supports needed to apply and enroll into college. College graduation was my end goal, so I chose Noble.
What is your favorite Noble memory?
My favorite memories are post-graduation. One was helping my seniors apply to college and see them become leaders on their college campuses, or start their careers, and come into their own power. As a first-generation college graduate, I understand how powerful a great education can be, not only for a student and their family, but for an entire community. Seeing my students break into spaces that have been historically unavailable to them like some of the nation’s most elite and White institutions made me proud of their resilience and genius. Seeing my alumni take the reins of their future not only made me proud as their teacher, but as a fellow alumna and fellow community member.
Perhaps, though, my most favorite memory was meeting my husband, another Noble alumnus, when I started working at Bulls. Not only did we have a shared experience, we also share a passion for creating change in our city, and empowering others.
How did your experiences at Noble help you post-graduation?
I had support navigating through college, thanks to the resources and program dedicated to college students at Noble Street. The most concrete way Noble helped me, was in allowing me to start my career working with Noble. I had my first internship working at The Noble Network’s Human Resource Department. Noble gave me leadership and public speaking opportunities, access to decision making, and a part of something much larger.
What advice would you want to share with Noble students?
Too many times young students of color hear the saying “education is your ticket out of the hood” I challenge us to flip it. Education is your ticket in. It is access to networks, opportunities, wealth, power, and a seat at the table. Grab hold of it, and live your best life, and change the world.