Dean of Faculty's Welcome

Portrait of Hugh Silbaugh

Welcome to Northfield Mount Hermon School.

As dean of faculty, I’m pleased to represent our extraordinary teachers, who are deeply knowledgeable about their fields and about teaching. They are a committed, caring group of professionals who happily devote an extraordinary amount of time and energy, in the classroom and beyond, to fostering their students' success and happiness at NMH.

Our faculty play many roles: Your science teacher might be your dorm parent, rowing coach, head of a student affinity group, or advisor. Our students get to know their teachers well—and vice versa. With small classes, a close-knit campus, and teachers wearing all those hats, you’ll find faculty mentors all around you.

At NMH, we educate the head, heart, and hand. Our students learn to think independently, give back to the world, and work hard in all aspects of their life. Our priorities include:

  • providing a rigorous educational program;
  • challenging students with interdisciplinary work;
  • engaging students in ways that give them an international perspective, lead them to embrace diversity, and develop their crosscultural competence; and
  • inspiring a commitment to environmental sustainability.

Unlike most schools you might explore, NMH has a unique schedule—we call it the College Model Academic Program (CMAP)—in which students take classes that meet for extended blocks (80–90 minutes daily) of time. Students normally take six courses per year, three in each semester. Offerings include a mix of full-credit and half-credit academic courses as well as cocurricular offerings in athletics, outdoor activities, arts, outreach, and leadership opportunities.

I’m proud of our outstanding program and faculty; I believe we distinguish ourselves by inspiring and teaching our students and each other to put head, heart, and hands to work in service of a better world.

Hugh Silbaugh,
Dean of Faculty

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

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


“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.”


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


"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." 


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.”


"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!’”


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


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


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


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

Student Profiles