VIP Guest visits

State Board of Education President Debe Terhar

Noble Academy welcomed State Board of Education President Debe Terhar to speak with the middle school students about college, as well as to tour Noble and meet other students and staff.

As an elected member of the State Board of Education, Terhar began her term on January 1, 2011, representing the Fourth District, which includes Hamilton and Warren Counties. Her term expires in December of 2014.

According to the Department of Education, Terhar is a former licensed Montessori teacher, and her experience includes working with children with disabilities and diverse
socio-economic backgrounds in both public and private schools. In addition to her role with the Board, she currently serves as a Board Member on the Women of Excellence Council of the President’s Advisory Council of Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio. She is currently President and a Board Member of the Hamilton County Republican Women’s Club.

Terhar is a founding member of the American Spirit Education Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of American heritage. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Xavier University.

Columbus Fire Chief Ned Pettus

Noble Academy had special visit from Columbus Fire Chief Ned Pettus Jr. and other members of the fire department on Tuesday, March 6th. During his visit, he spoke with the 3-5th graders about the importance of education. The students were impressed with his educational experiences, which include earning a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees, and attending programs at Harvard. Chief Pettus will be retiring at the end of the month, so Noble is one of his last visits as chief.

Noble Academy welcomed Miss Ohio 2011, Ellen Bryan, for a visit on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 9:15 a.m. Miss Ohio visited the primary grade classrooms to read picture books with the students. The students enjoyed getting to know her and asking questions about her life asMiss Ohio, and some students even tried on her crown!

Miss Ohio 2011, Ellen Bryan

Noble Academy welcomed Miss Ohio 2011, Ellen Bryan, for a visit on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 9:15 a.m. Miss Ohio visited the primary grade classrooms to read picture books with the students. The students enjoyed getting to know her and asking questions about her life asMiss Ohio, and some students even tried on her crown!
Bryan, 22, is a graduate of Ball State University where she obtained a degree in Telecommunications with an emphasis on news. She is from Celina, Ohio. Bryan is a National Spokesperson for Lightning Safety through a partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She began promoting her personal platform,When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors, after her sister Christina was struck by lightning in 2000. Christina suffered lifelong disabilities, leaving her with limited mobility and unable to speak. She was featured in USA Today, on The Weather Channel and created a Public Service Announcement with NOAA that reached 3.2 million people nationwide.

Representative Cliff Rosenberger


Noble Academy was proud to host their first Community Breakfast on January 10, 2012, to celebrate Noble’s great academic and extracurricular achievements. Representative Cliff Rosenberger of Ohio’s 86th district gave the keynote address at the event. Guests included parents of Noble Academy students, Noble sponsors, colleagues from Concept Schools, Noble students themselves and members of the community.

State Senator Jim Hughes regretfully was unable to attend the event, but sent a letter of congratulations to the school, as well as an Ohio flag, which will be proudly displayed at Noble Academy.

“It was wonderful to welcome such esteemed guests to Noble to showcase the wonderful work we’ve been doing,” said April O’Brien, Noble Academy’s community relations representative.

The event began with the address by Representative Rosenberger, followed by a musical presentation by Miss Sheehan’s Folk Dance club. Breakfast was served and prepared by Mrs. Freeman. Noble would like to recognize Mrs. Trimble, Mrs. Burroughs, Mrs. Gatewood, Mrs. Freeman, Mrs. Ison and Mr. Yildiz for the roles they played in making the event a success.

State Representative Ted Celeste

Noble Academy welcomed State Representative Ted Celeste to a small community lunch gathering on Tuesday, April 10. Rep. Celeste spoke to parents, students and community members regarding his long-standing involvement with education and about the importance of seeking higher degrees.

Rep. Celeste (D-24th District) represents Upper Arlington, Grandview Heights and parts of Columbus. Rep. Celeste has dedicated more than 35 years of his life to government, education and business development, all with the aim to improve the quality of life in Ohio and beyond.