Name: Noelle Stanley
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
NSHS Campus: Las Vegas: Southwest
What do you enjoy most about working at Nevada State High School (NSHS)? I have a deep admiration for educators, and anyone else who sacrifices their time and energy to teach the young, developing minds of the world. Teaching in the U.S. is a thankless job, so I could not be more proud to support educators as they work hard to make a difference in students’ lives. It is extremely rewarding to know that I am contributing to that work.
How do you like to spend your free time? I enjoy reading, writing, traveling, and practicing yoga.
What is your favorite place in the world? It is a tie between the coastal forests of Big Sur and the lush, jungled temples of Thailand. However, next month I am visiting France for the first time, and I am certain that will take precedence over everything.
What is the last book you read? The last book I read was The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. It demonstrates how yoga is not merely an exercise for stretching and reducing stress, but a mental science that you have to practice every minute, of every day, in everything you do. I reread it often, and each time I learn something new.
Which authors or books have influenced you the most? I am most moved by authors of philosophy, transcendentalism, and cultural criticism. That sounds really boring (and perhaps it is), but I find these genres fascinating.
Do you have any secret talents? I’ve been told that my penmanship is quite good…
What do you hope students will come away with after attending NSHS? I hope that students will have been given the tools to overcome every obstacle, fear, and uncertainty of life after high school. I hope that students will have developed the knowledge, confidence, and drive that you need to be successful in this world. And finally, I hope students will know and believe that the possibilities are endless if you work hard, and work smart — with integrity.