Both of these wonderful men mentored Noah throughout his time at HTH, not only nurturing his emotional growth, but turning him on to astronomy, camping, drone making/flying, philosophy, biology, and rock climbing. And in one instance, on a desert camping trip, giving Noah the wheel of the car before he even had his driver’s permit. There are many more stories to tell about their influence on Noah -- but they aren’t the only mentors Noah had. Mr Holmes turned him onto the maker movement, Ms Robinson and Ms Eggleston created a safe, loving, accepting space where he could be himself; David took Noah to robotics competitions, providing opportunities for him to speak in front of crowds and interact with professionals; Mr Aguirre challenged Noah to think critically about his own opinions and to value his education, Jorge and Nick both helped Noah to like math. The list goes on and on and on. I can point to about 40 people in our village who have helped to shape and nurture my son in these last 9 years to be the kind, thoughtful, funny, confident young man he is today. School for him was so much more than academics.
Today, as I move Noah into his dorm at Prescott College in Arizona, I feel confident that he has been prepared for this next adventure.
And I am eternally grateful to the village it took to raise him.