Francisco Huerta, 9th grade World History/ Reading Instructor, Hansberry College Prep

1. What high school did you attend?  

I’m an alum. I attended Rauner College Prep and was a part of the Lessem advisory. Shout out to Mr. Lessem! 

2. What are some of your hobbies outside of work? 

 I love to run. I have been a part of several races in and outside of the city of Chicago. In 2016 I ran the Chicago Marathon and I am registered to do it again this fall! I will be running the race as a member of the Lurie Children’s Hospital marathon team and will be fundraising for them. I was also lucky enough to run the Walt Disney World Half Marathon this past January. It was magical. Outside of running I also love watching films, playing board games, and attending concerts. 

3. What is one highlight of your work so far at Noble?

At Hansberry we have a very successful dance program. The amount of passion that the kids show at every production is incredible. The love that the staff shows to their kids by staying late to watch or volunteer their time truly makes it feel like a family. If you have not been to a Hansberry College Prep show, I strongly recommend that you attend the spring showcase. Every single part of it – the costumes, lights, audio, and choreography are done by Hansberry staff. We truly come together as a family to ensure that our kids have a production worthy of the time and effort they put into their class.  

4. Who is a role model or hero of yours and why? 

My mom and dad. Neither of them hold a college degree. My dad actually dropped out in the 3rd grade because he had to help my grandparents make ends meet by working in the fields. They came to the United States in search of a better life. They wanted to make sure they had higher paying jobs and that their kids would have a quality education. My siblings and I will never be able to repay them for all the sacrifices they have made for us. In 2014 I became the first in my family to graduate from college. This May my siblings will join me in holding a college degree. It is all thanks to the sacrifices that my parents made for us. They will forever be my heroes, and I hope that when the time comes I am half as good a parent as they have been to me.

5. What is your life motto? What drives you?

  • I am driven to persist through challenges. Regardless of what is going on in life, I will always put forth my best effort to achieve my goals.
  • I am driven by a desire to help others. I want to make this world a better place by helping people in their time of need.
  • I am driven by deep sense of love and care for the people around me. Life is difficult, but it better when you have someone you can rely on. I choose to be that person for others.
  • I am driven by my family. They are everything to me.

Tykira Smith, Senior, Hansberry College Prep

1. How would you describe Hansberry College Prep?  

I would describe Hansberry College Prep as a family. There is continuous support from both teachers and peers. Whenever I need guidance on work, relationships, and more, my peers and teachers are always there to lend a hand and pull me through any obstacle I may face. The love on this campus is huge. I know that I will always count on HCP for anything.


2. What is your favorite part about going to school at HCP?

My favorite part about going to HCP is the relationships with student and teacher. The teachers are always here to guide us through any task, ensuring that we complete our work to the best of our abilities. The teachers her are very honest and kind which is something I truly appreciate. The teachers want to see the students succeed.

3. What has  been your biggest accomplishment so far?

My biggest accomplishment so far is earning a full tuition scholarship to Fisk University. I have always wanted to attend a HBCU since my freshman year. Earning this scholarship to one of the best HBCUs was truly a blessing that I will forever cherish.

4. What is your dream job or dream college?

My dream job is to become an OB/GYN. I always found interest in the medical field and science, in general. Originally, I wanted to pursue a career in Women Health’s as a Nurse Practitioner but my mom motivated me to shoot for the stars and become an OB/GYN.

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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