Noble Academy
9477 Decatur Drive N.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
Phone : (763) 592-7706
Fax : (763) 592-7707


School Hours :
8:45 am - 4:05 pm


Office Hours :
8:00 am - 4:30 pm



Quick Links :

  Noble Academy



Neal P. Thao



Superintendent Thao is responsible


Noble Academy policies & procedures

Recruitment and Community Relations

Unresolved district/state logistical questions & concerns

Family and community engagement

School district finances

Ed. S. Degree
K-12 Superintendent License
K-12 Principal License
Bilingual and English as a Second Language Certificate
M.S. in Management of Technology Degree 1993
B.S. in Applied Science Degree 1998

Background Experience:

Superintendent Neal Thao came to United States as a young boy in 1978.  In 1988, Thao graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a Bachelor of Science Degree.  In 1993, he received his Master Degree in Management of Technology. Due to the need of teachers, he was recruited to teach in Minneapolis Public School as a Bilingual Teacher. In 2004, Thao taught at Prairie Seeds Academy while pursued his ESL Teaching Degree at Hamline University.  He then enrolled to the Ed. S. Degree at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota majoring in Educational Administration. Thao received his K-12 Principal Certificate in 2006 and Superintendent Certificate in 2013.

In 2006, Thao founded and sanctioned Noble Academy as a K-8 charter school. He is currently the Superintendent of Noble Academy. Under his leadership, Noble is one of the top performing Hmong Charter Schools in the state of Minnesota.


Thao is a talented educator and is dedicated to teaching and learning as his profession.  He holds high standards for himself, his staff, and his students.  He is truly centered on student learning. Thao is without a doubt, a remarkable educator, motivator, CEO, and gifted leader


One of Superintendent Thao’s hobbies is spending quality time with his grandchildren. Superintendent also enjoys staying active and traveling.



©2013 Noble Academy - Minneapolis, MN