• The Noblesville Schools Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


     Diverse children


    Noblesville Schools Mission

    Noblesville Schools creates an inclusive, learner-centered culture that develops future-ready skills through relevant experiences supported by strong relationships that celebrate diversity and promote equity among students, staff, parents, and the community.


    Support, Respect, Celebrate

    We’re a diverse school community and through our diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, we’re actively fostering an environment where all students and staff are supported, respected and celebrated. 

    We embrace a broad definition of diversity including race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, transgender status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, socioeconomic status, disability, immutable physical appearance (weight, scars, deformity), age, religion, military status, ancestry and genetic information. Additionally, we place a high value on accepting and encouraging different skills, perspectives, interests and pathways. 

    It’s our goal that all students and staff feel safe, heard and valued. Taking time to listen to both students and staff gives us insight into what we can do to make our environments more inclusive.


    Recent Diversity/Equity/Inclusion Initiatives

    • Training all principals and district leaders on implicit bias and racial equity. We’re in the process now of educating and raising awareness on these important topics for all staff members. 
    • Creating a new equity & inclusion coach position to advance district diversity efforts.
    • Connecting with students of color at NHS who are interested in an opportunity to reflect on and discuss challenges they may be experiencing.
    • Enhancing staff recruiting practices with the goal of increasing the diversity of the candidates we consider for hire. 
    • Reviewing our curriculum across the district to ensure materials we use with students reflect multiple perspectives. 
    • Launching a Noblesville Diversity Coalition student ambassador team at NHS. 
    • Offering a new social studies class at NHS specifically aimed at showcasing different voices and viewpoints in US history and culture.  
    •  Providing academic, communication, social and cultural supports for English language learner students and their families who represent over 50 different languages spoken in Noblesville homes.
    • Promoting visible, inspirational diversity/equity/inclusion messaging in our buildings.   
    • Forming staff diversity committees at each school to lead culture changes in buildings

    District Equity and Inclusion Coach- Shelley Bethel 

    Noblesville High School- Janae Mobley

    Noblesville East Middle School- Andrea Lee

    Noblesville West Middle School- Ara Nelson-Mercer

    Hinkle Creek Elementary- Katherine Reed

    Hazel Dell Elementary- Karen Carter

    Noble Crossing Elementary- Pat Haney

    North Elementary- Angie Gingerich

    Stony Creek Elementary- Heidi Karst

    White River Elementary- Calie Vandermark

    Promise Road Elementary- Stephen Blackburn


    Noblesville Diversity Coalition

    We’re proud founding members of the Noblesville Diversity Coalition (NDC), in collaboration with the City of Noblesville and faith, business and community leaders.

    We encourage community members to help support and grow diversity, equity and inclusion efforts by engaging with the Noblesville Diversity Coalition and the regular learning opportunities and events they offer.      


    Additional Resources 

    We've gathered some additional resources for promoting diversity if you'd like to learn more. If you have resources you'd like to suggest, please contact our Director of Learning Jen Townsend at jen_townsend@nobl.k12.in.us

    Book Lists

    2018 Ultimate List of Diverse Children’s Books

    Where to Find Diverse Books

    Tips and Resources

    25 Resources for Teaching Kids about Diversity

    How to Teach Children About Cultural Awareness and Diversity

    Ten Tips for Teaching and Talking to Kids about Race

    Raising Race Conscious Children  

    Black History Resources

    PBS NewsHour Extra

    New York Times Student Dialogue

    10 Tips for Teaching and Talking to Kids about Race

    Raising Race Conscious Children

    Ted Talks

    Color Blind or Color Brave?

    How to Overcome Bias: Walk Boldly Toward Them 

    The Danger of the Single Story

    What Does My Headscarf Mean to You?