Noël joined Walker’s in 2018 from Phillips Exeter Academy where she was a Latin teaching intern. At Walker’s, Noël has taught Latin in both the Middle and Upper School, advised middle schoolers, coached JV and MS basketball, and lived in Smith Dorm. This year, she is the Assistant Director of Social Justice and Inclusion, and is excited to work with Elisa Del Valle in order to make Walker’s a safer, more equitable learning and living environment for all students. Noël is actively involved with several organizing groups, including Resource Generation, a multiracial membership community of young people with wealth and/or class privilege committed to the equitable distribution of wealth, land, and power, and the Nonprofit Accountability Group in Hartford. Noël currently lives in Hartford with her partner, Max.
I have a very distinct memory of visiting a Morning Meeting while on my interview at Walker’s. A student got up to give an announcement about an upcoming art show and she said something along the lines of, “let’s come out and support Olivia, Ella and Joyce!” as everyone cheered. That moment stayed with me because it was so clear that this school was a place where people knew each other — so much so that they knew who “Olivia, Ella and Joyce” were without any last names or other context. Even more than just a place where people knew each other, though, it was obvious that this was a place where people supported and cared for each other. They showed up for each other. I wanted to be a part of that.
My favorite Walker’s tradition is the Induction Ceremony at the beginning of the year, when all new students and community members are sorted as either Suns or Dials. The chapel becomes filled with so much energy. As you walk in through the doors as a new person, you are overwhelmed with the joy and enthusiasm of this place.
Crosswords! In the past few years I’ve developed a bit of an addiction. I like to solve the New York Times and the New Yorker puzzles. I also subscribe to a few indie crosswords. including one called the Inkubator which publishes puzzles made by female constructors. (Unsurprisingly, there is a large gender gap in the world of crossword publication, even though men and women solve crosswords at the same rate.) I’ve tried my hand at a creating a few myself and, though none are published yet, I really enjoy the challenge of crafting a grid and writing clues.
Junior Varsity Basketball Assistant Coach