Educator of the Week - Benjamin Noyes

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Benjamin Noyes, Choir Director at Hillsboro High School in Hillsboro, Oregon

Nominated by Citlalli Nunez

Mr. Noyes is one of the most effective teachers at Hillsboro High School. He Teaches choir at South Meadows Middle School and Teaches Treble Choir, Bass Choir, Concert Choir, Vocal Ensemble (Encore), and Mariachi at Hillsboro High School. Along with teaching for the Hillsboro School District he also teaches the Premiere Choir and Encore Choir for HCYC. Besides being one of the busiest people he still manages to have time for his two beautiful daughters and wife. He doesn’t only teach his students about choral success but teaches us valuable life lessons and makes us better people everyday without even knowing it. 

Congrats, Benjamin, from all of us at K103! Get to know Benjamin Noyes:

What inspired you to become an educator?

I had an awesome choir Director in high school who gave us the opportunity to choose a piece, teach it to our peers, and conduct it at the final concert. I chose this piece by Mozart and put my heart and soul into it. When we finished performing it at the concert, I could hear sniffles in the audience and this feeling like an electric bolt hit me and I knew what I would do for the rest of my life.

What do you like most about teaching?

The kids. They are all of the best and worst things at the best and worst times. It keeps you on your feet and makes for a very entertaining life.

What has changed the most since you began your career in education?

Nothing. I’m a baby.

What would you like parents to know about your job?

My wife would like you to know how much time I spend outside of school thinking, planning, and talking about the school and your kids. I “think” that’s a positive thing.

Share a story about your favorite teacher/educator.

Mr. Rick Doughty is by far the best educator to walk this green earth. He started every class with a planned monologue, like a late night show. He had a voice that was a character of his own. It almost entranced you so much that you forgot he looked like bald Jesus.

Share a favorite story about your years in education.

Taking my first choir tour as the director. Being able to share lifelong memories with the kids while becoming a better, stronger ensemble is exhilarating and a moment I will never forget!

Each week during the school year, K103 and Concordia University will honor a local educator.  Each week, our honored educator receives:

  • $103 Gift Card for Classroom School Supplies
  • The Crystal Apple Award
  • A Concordia University Continuing Education Scholarship

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