Administration

Peter FayroianPeter Fayroian is NMH’s 10th Head of School. Fayroian previously headed Greenhills School, an independent day school in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Peter began his career as an English teacher at Cranbrook Schools in Michigan. At Stevenson School in California, his roles included director of outdoor education, director of residence, and, finally, dean of students. He served as head of the upper school at Nichols School in Buffalo, New York, then took the helm at Greenhills, where he also taught English and coached. Fayroian has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and a master’s from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English.

Associate Head of School Charles A. Tierney IIIAssociate Head of School Charles A. Tierney III has been a "man for all seasons" since his arrival in 1998: history teacher, coach, dorm advisor, dean, accreditation coordinator, assistant head of school, plant facilities director, communications director, and interim head of school. From 2014 to 2016, he led the Tatnall School in Wilmington, Delaware, serving as head. Charlie also has been director of studies at St. Stephen’s School in Rome, and has taught at Choate Rosemary Hall and the Berkshire School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Dartmouth College and a master’s in educational leadership and administration from Teachers College of Columbia University while he was a year-long Klingenstein Fellow.

Dean of Students Nicole HagerDean of Students Nicole Hager P’17 came to NMH in 2003 from Deerfield Academy, where she served as associate dean of admission, coordinator of multicultural education, associate dean of students, American literature teacher, girls’ varsity basketball coach, and a college counselor. At NMH, she has taught ninth-grade writing and 10th-grade diversity and social justice, and she coached the girls’ varsity basketball team for nine years. She lives with her partner and family and five senior girls in Oaknoll dormitory. Nicole spent two years in the Dartmouth College admissions office and one year as the assistant coach of the University of Vermont women’s basketball team. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

Dean of Faculty Hugh SilbaughDean of Faculty Hugh Silbaugh came to NMH in 2007 after serving as principal at Milton Academy and assistant director at the Putney School. A longtime English teacher, Silbaugh has also been an ethics teacher, outdoor educator, coach, and dorm parent. His primary concern is teacher development and instructional improvement. He is a graduate of Amherst College and has master's degrees in education from UCLA and Harvard.

Dean of Enrollment Claude AndersonDean of Enrollment Claude Anderson joined NMH in 2008 after heading the admission and financial aid office at Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island, for 13 years. Previously, he served as dean of students, associate director of admissions, and a coach at several boarding and day schools. He chairs the Admission Training Institute for the SSAT. He holds a bachelor's degree from Millersville University, a master's from Western New Mexico University, and a master's in education from Temple University.

Chief Advancement Officer Allyson GoodwinChief Advancement Officer Allyson Goodwin '83, P’12, ’14, a four-year senior who spent equal time on both campuses, came to work at NMH for the second time in 2006 and completed the most successful and largest campaign in the school’s history in 2010. She began her career in alumni and parent relations and annual giving at NMH from 1987 to 1992 while also serving as a dorm parent and a class advisor. Later Allyson directed the annual fund at Colby-Sawyer College and the regional campaign program at Colby College. After Colby, she was the director of development for the Montshire Museum, where she ran two campaigns. Allyson is a graduate of Colby College with a degree in American studies and creative writing. She has taught social justice and diversity at NMH and has served as a trustee of the Bement School and as president of the Upper Valley Planned Giving Council.

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer John Alden

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer John Alden started at NMH in 2017 after having handled the same responsibilities at Berkshire School for the past 23 years. He holds a bachelor of science degree from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. John also serves as an emeritus trustee of Blair Academy.

Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice Martha Neubert

Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice Martha Neubert joined the NMH faculty in 2005 after moving from Waynflete School in Portland, Maine. Martha has been teaching history in independent schools for 18 years. In 2016, she started in a new position as director the Office of Multicultural Affairs, which promotes an inclusive campus culture through initiatives that explicitly align with the school's mission to empower students to “act with humanity and purpose.” A deep understanding of NMH is one of her strengths, and Martha, in addition to teaching, has served as a dorm parent, an advisor, a coach, an affinity group advisor, and a contributor to school initiatives related to diversity and social justice. Martha holds a bachelor’s degree from Bates College, and an M.A.T. from Smith College.

Dean of Global, Experiential, and Community Engagement Angela Yang-Handy

Dean of Global, Experiential, and Community Engagement Angela Yang-Handy joined NMH in 2014 after serving as managing director of an after- school tutorial franchise in Manila, Philippines. While Angela has studied and worked in international education for most of her adult life, she has also coordinated programs in service-learning, multicultural student affairs, admissions, residential life, and academic advising. She has worked as a teacher and administrator at Clark University, Landmark College, Keene State College, and

University of Massachusetts at Amherst, in addition to working with other educational institutions and community-based programs in the U.S. and abroad. Angela holds a doctorate in education policy and leadership from UMass–Amherst, an M.A. and B.A. in international development and social change from Clark University, and a graduate certificate from UMass–Amherst in advanced feminist studies. In her current role, she directs both the Global Engagement Office and the Center for Learning Through Action. She is responsible for coordinating the collaborative efforts of NMH’s experiential programming in global engagement, social entrepreneurship, service-learning, the school farm, student work program, the outdoor program, and sustainability education.

Director of Athletics Kevin KleinDirector of Athletics Kevin Klein is a retired Navy commander and Naval aviator. Most recently, he served as the deputy director (military) of athletics at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

At the Naval Academy, he led planning and operations for an athletics department of more than 200 people who managed 33 Division I programs and 16 club programs. He also oversaw a physical education curriculum for 4,500 students including the plebe summer physical education program. He also served as an adjunct professor of ethics, teaching moral decision-making.

During his time in the military, Klein held multiple positions, including operational test pilot, helicopter flight instructor, and director of operations for on-site inspections at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. He also deployed as the lead strategic planner for the 7,000-member U.N. military peacekeeping force in Haiti from 2011 to 2012.

Before being named NMH’s director of communications in 2018, Sharon Lindale P’17, ’20 served as the department’s associate director for seven years. She came to NMH in 2000, working first as a production assistant and later as production manager. Sharon earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and photography from NYU and an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art.

Director of College Counseling Peter JenkinsDirector of College Counseling Peter Jenkins has served NMH for more than a quarter-century. In his current position, he guides students through the complex process of selecting, and gaining admission to, some of the world’s finest colleges.

His roles as English teacher and crew coach help Jenkins know current students well as individuals in and out of the classroom. This makes it easier to help students find the colleges that fit them best. He has taught nearly every English course in the NMH curriculum, from Freshman Humanities to AP Literature to Satire and Film. Jenkins earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago. Both were in English and American literature

A bird's eye view

Rob Werner ‘79

This environmental lobbyist wants to talk to you about climate change.

Gretel Schatz

I want dance students to engage their own memory and intellect.

Becca Malloy

Science isn't just talk, but it certainly helps.

Mary Hefner

I love teaching AP Bio. The kids are highly motivated.

Faculty Profiles
Mitike

This past summer, I increased my awareness of my identity by reconnecting with my native country, Ethiopia.

Ryan

“I don’t think I would be anywhere near the person I am today if it wasn’t for NMH. It’s enlightened me about so many different things, and I’ve met people from everywhere you can imagine.”

Josh

In my old school, I never saw myself as someone who could be a Division I player one day. Now I can.

David

"One of my biggest influences has been my math teacher. He built this love of math in me—specifically, the idea that math can be used to interpret the world." 

Lila

"The fact that everything is here at my fingertips has really helped me grow."

Ismini

"Almost all of our classes are conversation-based, which means that you're totally engaged in classroom discussion."

Noah

"I enjoy helping my friends, and it's given me a new respect for teachers. I may even go into teaching myself one day."

Isaac

"In VOTES, I learned how to prepare and present—skills I drew on in Washington."

Yvonne

 "This year, I'm field hockey captain. I enjoy giving advice and support."

David

“I like that you can start completely new things. You can reinvent yourself.”

Maggie

Dance has taken this creative learner on an artistic journey. 

Xiaoxian (Lily)

 “My teachers told me to use my own voice, and they pushed me to think about what I really believed in.”

Abby

"The curriculum here is hard, but it’s the right amount of hard."

Ngone

“The academics are extremely rigorous, but because of the way teachers present things, it’s like, ‘I have school today!’”

Eli
Eli

“The learning you can do in a study-abroad program can outweigh anything else you can do even at a school like this.” 

Kevin

“NMH encouraged me to explore new things, try everything, and see what’s best for me.”

Isabella

“You’ll always find a place here as long as you just be yourself.”

Melvin

“There is a community here that cares about you.”

Student Profiles