Nomad student profiles

Nomad students are adventureres, dreamers, and doers.

Students who thrive at Nomad are many things—resilient, compassionate, active, and curious. They commit to their work, whether that be a math skill, improving their executive functioning, or building a go-cart. Nomad students are flexible and patient yet eager to see their dreams come to life. Nomad students value and strive to be inclusive—of different gender identities, perspectives, cultures, and learning styles. Nomad students comes to us from public school, private school, and homeschool environments, and find a home in our school and a family in one other. Learn more about our students from their self-created identity portraits below.


Meet a Few Nomadians

Take a peek into our Identify Gallery. Working with a professional photographer, students created identity statements and portraits to show off their specialness




My name is Dylan, and I am textured.

As a perfectionist, I have had difficulty choosing one photo to describe myself. I had an idea for the way I wanted my picture to look and feel. When it was taken, I thought it was nice but too bland. In the end, I chose a photo that was only accidently shot. It shows the imperfections that I, as a fellow human, have. Those imperfections are a big part of my identity, and I am proud of them, just as I am proud of my photo. While I was brainstorming ideas for what I wanted it to look like, I decided that another big part of my identity is color. I love color for it makes this world pop. Color has fascinated me ever since I can remember. When I was little, I loved kaleidoscopes, so I wanted my photo to be a play on that. I made my own filter by coloring clear plastic with markers to create kaleidoscope-y colors. Being a colorful person is a big part of my identity and I wanted it to show.

Besides being colorful, I am also bubbly. I took advantage of the bubble wrap that the frame came packaged in and used it as a stamp to print my bubbly-ness. Since I showed a part of my emotions in this project, I made the decision to put a piece of my mind in it too. The twine encasing the picture represents my thoughts because sometimes they can wind together in a way that only I can understand. People might not understand the stringiness, but it really means a lot to my identity. 

My identity may be complex and colorfully webbed with imperfections, but it is the only thing that is truly me.




My name is Bryce Schrader and I am a hyperactive, intelligent human being.

For my portrait, I chose to include tennis, school, and my deafness. They all represent an important part of me. Tennis is important to me because I have been playing for a long time and I enjoy the competition. Nomad is also important to me because I enjoy learning at a hands on environment with my friends.  Deafness is another thing that is important to me because I am learning another language so that I can communicate with people like me. As for my frame, I hot-glued cardboard on the side and painted it lime green with orange dots. The way I painted the cardboard represents my less serious side, where I like to joke around and do funny things. Additional parts of my identity are ASL (American Sign Language), dance, and impressions. Dancing is probably my favorite because I love to do weird dances.

Overall though, my deafness is probably the most important part of my identity because it represents a big part of my life. It also lets me communicate differently with a unique community. 




My name is Roenne, and I am a spastic-tornado-big-sister-soccer-player-writer-and-filmer.

The BTS picture resembles my favorite boy-band and the fact that the language that they speak is different than the language of the music that most of my friends listen to. In this way, I am different because not many people like K-Pop at Nomad. This group is also Korean, which to me, is important, as I am Korean as well. I would love to learn to speak Korean and visit Korea.

The soccer ball represents me as an athlete and as a soccer player. I love running around and playing. When I am active, I have a lot of fun.

The background of my photo is black and white, first, because I love the colors black and white. It is either light or dark. Also, I am a mix of many opposite things just like the opposite colors of black and white.  I have my good days and bad days. I make great decisions and I make terrible decisions. 

My frame is very special to me because it is a mix of colors (kind of like me) with a special saying at the bottom. “I do what I do, so mind your own business,” -Jimin. That verse from IDOL (BTS) is very special to me. It’s special to me because I’m very independent. When I heard the song, it spoke to me. It made me think about how I am my own person and others can’t tell me what to do.

I love acting, writing, playing sports, podcasting, filming, playing video games and making things. It is a great joy to me to create things and give them to my friends, family, or just to admire them by myself. I also enjoy playing video games like Fortnite, filming small shorts and writing stories.