Dean of Faculty's Welcome

Welcome to Northfield Mount Hermon. It gives me great pleasure, as dean of faculty, to represent the outstanding teachers 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 

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