Meet Our Speakers

Noah Kim is a 15-year old sophomore at Maggie Walker Governor’s school who is passionate about the ongoing debate among politicians on education reform. He is confident that, as a student, he is in a better position to address education reform than most politicians “who haven’t been in school for a very long time.”

Noah is an advocate for teacher excellence, citing the motivational power of a specific chemistry teacher who transformed his view of the subject. If our country’s education system is going to improve, Noah asserts, it won’t be through standardized test scores or nationally mandated benchmarks; it will be through good teaching.

Noah earned a spot at TEDxRVA by popular vote after delivering his two-minute message on stage at Open Mic Night.

See Noah’s TEDxRVA 2013 talk here