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2016 Distinguished Alumni Recipient

Dr. Noni S. Thomas Lopez '90 Named 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient
Head of School Mark C. Hale presented the Distinguished Alumni Award today at Commencement ceremonies to Dr. Noni S. Thomas Lopez '90.

The Greensboro Day School Alumni Association, in recognition of excellence on the part of our alumni, established the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1991. This award is presented annually to an alumnus/a who best exhibits at least one of the following qualities:
A. extraordinary service to the City of Greensboro, the state of North Carolina, or the nation 

B. extraordinary distinction in one's field of specialization or extraordinary service to society and corresponding tangible benefit to fellow citizens.

After graduating from Greensboro Day School in 1990, Thomas Lopez continued her studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill receiving a B.A. in English then earned her M.A. in Private School Leadership at Columbia University's Teachers College where she was awarded a Joseph Klingenstein Fellowship. She recently completed her doctoral studies in Educational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Thomas Lopez '90 is finishing her 20th year in independent school education and serves as the Assistant Head of School for Teaching and Learning at Ethical Culture Fieldston School. She oversees curriculum, instruction, faculty development, and strategic academic initiatives for the school.

Dr. Thomas Lopez serves on the Board of Trustees of the Caedmon School in New York City from 2010-2013, and she is currently a trustee for the Bronx Charter School for the Arts. She has presented on leadership and diversity at the National Association for Independent Schools (NAIS) and NAIS People of Color Conferences.

One of Dr. Thomas Lopez's proudest accomplishments is the founding of the Interschool Leadership Institute for Educators of Color, a week-long summer program designed to develop the next generation of independent school leaders by cultivating the social-emotional competencies that are key to transformational leadership.

Dr. Thomas Lopez resides in the Bronx with her husband Rodney and his two sons Rodney, Jr. (12) and Roman (11). Her son, Novian Graves, is a recent graduate of Winston-Salem State University and currently lives in Greensboro, NC.
Greensboro Day School develops the intellectual, ethical, and interpersonal foundations students need to become constructive contributors to the world.