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Dean of Faculty's Welcome

Welcome to Northfield Mount Hermon. It gives me great pleasure, as dean of faculty, to represent the outstanding faculty who work at NMH. I have the utmost respect for educators who believe they can affect change, and I’m proud to work with colleagues who are innovative, creative, and committed to the care of our students. Together, we challenge and inspire them to be the best version of themselves.

Our faculty respect and promote hard work and collaboration. We educate the head, heart, and hand of each student, and we lead by example, playing many roles at NMH in addition to teaching, as coaches, advisors, and mentors. We are a diverse group of educators who love what we do and are committed to our own continued learning.

Our goal is simple: to deliver excellence as we support the school’s mission to empower students to act with humanity and purpose. We help students achieve mastery of subject-specific skills and content, think critically and creatively, and become effective communicators. We expect them to set lofty goals, to take risks, and to engage with both the academic material and one another. We guide them toward cultural understanding, helping them develop integrity, empathy, and a concern for social justice.

We offer a rigorous and exciting curriculum with advanced courses in all disciplines. Our College-Model Academic Program (CMAP) is based on a semester schedule, with 80-minute classes that allow students to develop deeper knowledge and stronger skills. They take six full-credit classes a year, plus co-curricular classes. They also have many opportunities to develop their athletic and artistic potential and to explore areas that are new to them. 

NMH supports the whole student through our Partnership of 12, which refers to the constellation of adults that work with each student each semester, focusing on personal growth and the pursuit of excellence. The partnership ties into our residential-life and advising systems, where students learn life skills and become reliable members of their communities. Because our campus is home to students and teachers from around the U.S. and the world, our students become global citizens, embracing a multicultural approach and learning how to be part of an inclusive community.

As someone who deeply values education, I am proud of who we are at NMH, and of how well we live out our mission. We are a school where students can learn about themselves and the world around them, and become effective agents of change. 

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Bea Garcia
Dean of Faculty 

Taylor King

My philosophy is: Fail early, so you can eventually succeed.

Nhu Hoang

My philosophy is: Fail early, so you can eventually succeed.

Gretel Schatz, Director of the Dance program, instructs a dance student.

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

Mary Hefner

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


“The best thing about NMH is the connections you make.” 


“NMH challenges students to innovate and persevere while keeping in mind the effects of our actions on the community."


“This community gives me the resources to grow as a student and discover passions I never knew I had.” 


“I am confident in myself and my abilities to succeed, thanks to NMH.”


"I love the freedom I have to explore what I am passionate about."


"NMH gives us space to experiment and gradually to grow into ourselves."


"I noticed how welcoming everyone was when I first came to campus.”


“The first step to excelling at NMH is embracing your own individuality.” 


“I appreciate the bond faculty and students have at NMH.”


"The community at NMH is unlike any I’ve ever known, and for that I am grateful.”


"NMH allows me to be myself in the classroom and ensures I am an articulate, curious, and courageous student.”


“I was initially surprised by how relaxed, yet academic, the environment is."


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


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