Stephen Gilbert, PE Instructor/12th Grade Level Lead, Johnson College Prep
1. What high school did you attend?
Thornridge High School in Dolton, Illinois
2. What is the most interesting job you have ever had?
The most interesting job that I have ever had was working at Sprint corporate store in Orland Park, Illinois. It was my first job out of college and had an everlasting impact on what I do today. It was interesting because I worked there during the recession, yet it did not look like my struggling community. I made decent money for a recent college graduate but realized that I was serving a well off community as opposed to my own. I put in my two weeks notice and got hired as the Director of College Enrichment for a non profit. That job helped me realize that serving the(omit) kids who look like me is way more rewarding.
3. What are some of your hobbies outside of work?
In a perfect world, I would be 6 inches taller and had an amazing NBA career, however since we don’t live in a perfect world, I would just settle for an amazing pickup ball player. In addition to basketball, I love being SUPER dad to my four boys ages 6, 3, and 1 year old twins.
4. Give one highlight of your work so far at Noble.
The highlight of my work at Noble is graduating an advisory of 19 young men in 2017. It was truly arduous as we grew up together, but each and every last one of them jokers will forever have a special place in my heart.
5. Who is a role model or hero of yours and why?
My father is without a doubt my hero. He is a person who has overcome multiple felony convictions, many demoralizing life defeats but still came out victorious. He is now a successful business owner and man of God who is NOTHING short of my idol.
Dazire Peterson, Sophomore, Johnson College Prep
1. How would you describe Johnson College Prep (JCP)?
JCP is challenging and prepares you for success in college and the real world. For example, in World Literature we learn about the injustices that Black and Brown people face in society, through literature, and how we can maneuver in the world around us knowing the stereotypes surrounding us.
2. What is your favorite part about going to school at JCP?
My favorite part of JCP is being around people that I can relate to, both peers and teachers.
3. What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?
Being ranked #2 out of my class is my greatest accomplishment and knowing that my peers are looking up to me.
4. What is your dream job or dream college?
I would like to attend Howard University and become a criminal justice attorney.
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.