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Our Mission

We unleash leadership potential through the power of emotional intelligence in order to promote sustainable, thriving communities.

 

Our Values

Noble Story: We lead with love for our clients and an unconditional belief in their potential to make transformative growth.

Social Justice: It is our life’s work to build a more equitable and inclusive society by nurturing human connection across lines of difference.

Transformative Outcomes: We measure our success through  transformative outcomes for leaders and organizations.

Integrity: We must be the models of care, challenge and sustainability that we are supporting others to become.

Meet the Team

Matthew Taylor
Founder & CEO

Matt Taylor, Founder & CEO

Matt has been developing leaders for fourteen years and teaching and leading in the K-12 education sector for twenty-five. Matt has coached or trained hundreds of education and non-profit leaders across the leadership pipeline, from CEOs to principals to teacher leaders. He is also a meta-coach, program faculty member, and content contributor for Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence Coaching Certification Program.
His 5 Square methodology is used as an anchor leadership development tool in charter management organizations, school leader development programs, and executive coaching programs across the country. Prior to starting Noble Story Group, Matt served as the founder of The Achievement First (AF) Residency Program for School Leadership and then AF’s Senior Director of Adaptive Leadership.  Matt began his leadership career at Amistad Academy Middle School after ten years of teaching. During Matt’s tenure as principal, Amistad distinguished itself as the #1 middle school in the state of Connecticut for African American student achievement.
Matt is an ICF ACC-certified executive coach. He earned his Ed.M. in Administration, Policy and Planning from Harvard Graduate School of Education, a M.S. in Elementary Education from Barry University Graduate School of Education, and a B.A. in History from Carleton College. He received his executive coaching training at the Teleos Leadership Institute in Philadelphia. Matt is also a father of two teenagers, the partner of an incredibly talented early childhood policy maker, a choral musician, and an aspiring triathlete.
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Keith Brooks, Partner

Helping people reach their full potential is Keith's life's purpose. For sixteen years, Keith has served communities as a teacher, assistant principal, and most recently as a founding school principal. He has helped families, students, and his staff realize their gifts, talents, and dreams. Under Keith's leadership his school boasted some of the highest academic gains in the city. He is equally proud of the fact that this was accomplished while having incredibly high staff retention, adult culture, family satisfaction, and student investment.
Keith is inspired to create conditions for others to thrive. This work, which he refers to as his "heart work," motivates him to get out of bed each day. As an executive coach, he's now transferring that passion to others. He has a range of experience 1:1 coaching, leading professional development for groups, and supporting teams to create positive sustainable working conditions. Keith believes that his job as a coach is to help people to get out of their own way so that they can be the best versions of themselves that they can possibly be in order to help others to do the same. It's a virtuous cycle.
Keith earned a B.A. in philosophy and religion at Colgate University and received a master’s degree in educational leadership at Nova Southeastern University. Keith is married and the father of three children, two of whom currently attend the school that he founded. Keith enjoys binge watching HGTV shows and playing online video games.
Anne Lackritz
Partner

Anne Lackritz, Partner

Anne brings over fifteen years of experience in education and human development to the field of coaching. Throughout her career, Anne has demonstrated a passion for developing others and facilitating their personal and professional growth. Her coaching philosophy comes from her belief that effective leaders are continuous learners, and that her role as a coach is to facilitate the learning process to enable authentic and transformational leadership to emerge. She has conducted extensive research on leadership coaching, which she incorporates into her coaching practice.
Anne has developed and taught master’s level courses in leadership and organizational change at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is an experienced leader, having served as the school principal of Girls Prep Lower East Side Elementary School, where she successfully led the expansion of the first all-girls public charter school in New York City.
Anne holds a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, an Ed.M. in Educational Leadership from Bank Street College, and an Ed.D. in Human and Organizational Learning from The George Washington University.  She completed the Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching at Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership. Anne and her husband met in their college Spanish class nearly twenty years ago, and they are now the proud parents of two children.  She is an active volunteer at her children’s public school and also serves on the board of her synagogue and a DC charter school. She is an avid podcast listener, and is a big fan of Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations, Hidden Brain, HBR Ideacast, Slow Burn, and The Daily.
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Simmons Lettre, Leadership Coach

Simmons is an education consultant, entrepreneur, and proven nonprofit leader committed to significantly improving the quality of education for all students. As founder of Simmons Lettre Consulting LLC, Simmons advises organizations on creating, scaling, sustaining, and governing effective programs in district, charter, and non-profit sectors to catalyze public K-12 education reform and overall student success. She partners with organizations to support them in strategic planning, leadership development, governance, stakeholder engagement, evaluation, and communications in ways that maximize their impact.
Prior to launching her consulting work, Simmons co-founded and served as the CEO of Charter Board Partners (CBP), a national nonprofit dedicated to improving charter school board governance in ways that sustain effective schools. Prior to founding CBP, most of Simmons’ work focused at the policy level of urban education. She led communications for Education Resource Strategies and shaped policy and program offerings for Expeditionary Learning, the Boston Plan for Excellence ,and New American Schools. But her favorite position prior to CBP was as a first- grade teacher at Benjamin Banneker Public Charter School in Cambridge, MA.
Simmons is a Pahara-Aspen Fellow and holds a Masters in School Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Davidson College. She is the board chair at Ensemble Learning, former Board Chair at Education Forward DC and Capital City Public Charter School and a mentor for the Earl Woods Scholar Program. Simmons is married, has two daughters, and enjoys doing almost anything outside, especially fly fishing.
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Lizette B. Suxo, Leadership Coach

Lizette B. Suxo joined Noble Story Group in the fall of 2018. With nearly two decades working in and with schools throughout the US and South America, she brings a wealth of experience- from the classroom to the global level. Lizette returned to the US in August 2017 after leading educational partnerships with The 1 World Network of Schools in Santiago, Chile, where she managed the 2-year partnership between 1 World, Aptus Chile and CREE Schools, the first KIPP inspired school in South America.
Lizette's prior leadership experience includes working as the Chief Learning Officer at KIPP Philadelphia Schools and a leadership coach and intern supervisor with the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In 2006, Lizette was the founding principal at Achievement First Bushwick Elementary School in Brooklyn, after serving as a Dean of Students, and Grade Level chair and Classroom Teacher in the South Bronx for several years. She has co-written work on Latino student success in American education published in Tides Momentum Magazine.
Lizette believes that coaching can offer a transformational space for leaders to grow and develop themselves so that they may also hold these spaces for their teams. Having experienced many instances of transformational leadership coaching, she is deeply invested in cultivating this space with leaders who are ready to grow and learn in a supportive and responsive environment. Lizette has always made space for her learning and development a priority- from creating an Independent Major in Latin American Studies at Bryn Mawr College, through her most recent work as a member of the inaugural cohort of the Doctor of Education Leadership program at Harvard University. Here she studied the intersection of Latinx identity, Adult Development and Adaptive Leadership as spaces where responsive coaching can help adult leaders become the leaders they aspire to be. When at home in NYC, Lizette enjoys time with her infant son. Becoming a mother has given her another space to explore, grow and share in the spirit of continual learning and development.