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Noni Thomas Lopez '90 to Deliver Commencement Speech at 2016 Greensboro Day School Graduation Ceremonies

Greensboro Day School Alumna, Noni Thomas Lopez ’90, will be the 2016 Commencement Speaker.
Noni started her career in education at Greensboro Day School as a 5th grade assistant in 1995. 

Noni is a life-long educator, 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 Pre-K-12th grades. Previous to this appointment, Noni served for five years as the Head of Middle School at The Nightingale-Bamford School, a K-12 school for girls in New York City; prior to that, she was the Middle School Director at the Calhoun School, a Nursery-12 progressive school on New York’s Upper West Side.   

Noni served 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.  Noni is a member of the Diversity Committee for the New York State Association for Independent Schools (NYSAIS), which works with New York independent school educators to develop workshops, conferences, and resource materials for teachers and administrators who seek assistance in furthering their schools' diversity and equity initiatives.  She has presented on leadership and diversity at the National Association for Independent Schools (NAIS) and NAIS People of Color Conferences and consulted at public and private schools on curriculum, diversity, and organizational leadership.
   
One of Noni's proudest accomplishments is the founding of the Interschool Leadership Institute for Educators of Color, a weeklong summer program designed to develop the social-emotional competencies that are key to transformational leadership.   

Noni holds a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned her M.A. in Private School Leadership at Teachers College where she was awarded a Joseph Klingenstein Fellowship. She is currently completing doctoral studies in Educational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Noni 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. We look forward to welcoming Noni back to the Greensboro Day School campus this June.
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