Meet the Staff

Peter Jenkins is director of college counseling at NMH and a longtime English teacher and former crew coach. He has been at NMH since 1986, and previously worked at the Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland, and Tabor Academy in Marion, Massachusetts. He graduated from Northwestern University and earned a master’s degree at the University of Chicago. He is married to retired NMH math teacher and crew coach Vicky Jenkins; they shepherded five children through the college admission process and survived.

Molly Brown is a college counselor and assists with our girls’ soccer and basketball programs. Molly earned a bachelor’s in psychology from Bates College. Prior to NMH, Molly worked at Hebron Academy’s Academic Guidance Center. She has been an assistant coach in women’s basketball at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and Connecticut College. At Bates, she was a member of the basketball and softball teams.

Jim Burstein ’87 is a college counselor, boys’ varsity soccer co-head coach, and the Jewish students’ advisor. After attending NMH, he graduated from Connecticut College and earned a master’s in counseling psychology from Boston College. He has worked at NMH since 2006 and spent the previous nine years as a college counselor, guidance counselor, and boys’ varsity soccer coach at Newton North High School in Massachusetts. One of his sons graduated in the NMH Class of 2019, and his other son is in the NMH Class of 2023.

Jen Davenport came to NMH in 2011, and has worked in the College Counseling Office since 2013. Previously, she was a biology teacher and basketball/softball coach at Stoneleigh-Burnham School. Jen graduated from Stoneleigh-Burnham and Westfield State University. In her current role, Jen provides support for all of the counselors, manages the college-visit calendar, and oversees Naviance (database used to manage college applications). She serves as the contact for college coaches requesting academic materials for prospective student-athletes. Jen also assists athletes with NCAA eligibility center questions. 

David duKor-Jackson is a college counselor, dorm head in South Farmhouse, and Diversity and Social Justice teacher. He graduated from Florida Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in science education/biology, and won two NCAA championships as a member of the men’s soccer team. Prior to his arrival at NMH, he spent three years in the College Counseling Office at Moses Brown School in Rhode Island, after working for nearly two decades in college admission, including leadership roles at Loyola Maryland, Bucknell, and MIT. His daughter is in the NMH Class of 2021, and his son is in the Class of 2023.

Nate Hemphill has worked at NMH since 1991 and joined the College Counseling Office in 2010. A Dartmouth and Yale graduate, Nate is a longtime math teacher and has also been a Student Life Dean and the Director of Faculty Recruitment. He is the parent of two NMH graduates.

Sarah Jahries has worked in college counseling at NMH since 2000. Upon graduation from McDaniel College in Maryland, she joined the admission staff, then served eight years as associate director of admission at Johns Hopkins University. She left Hopkins to become director of college counseling at the Walnut Hill School in Massachusetts and then at the Hun School of Princeton. At NMH, she also coaches JV field hockey, teaches Diversity and Social Justice, and lives in a girls’ dormitory. Her daughter graduated from NMH in 2018; she has one son in the Class of 2020, and another son in the class of 2023.

Molly Brown

Molly Brown

Counselor
James Burstein

James Burstein

Head coach, boys' varsity soccer
Counselor
Jennifer Davenport

Jennifer Davenport

Administrative Assistant
David duKor-Jackson

David duKor-Jackson

College Counselor
College Counselor
Nathaniel Hemphill

Nathaniel Hemphill

Counselor, College Counseling; Teacher, Mathematics, Teacher
Sarah Jahries

Sarah Jahries

Counselor
Counselor
Peter Jenkins

Peter Jenkins

Director, Teacher
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Tayhee

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Marissa

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Olivia

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Aksorn

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