VOTES: Leadership

VOTES Co-Founders

Portrait of Jim Shea,VOTES directorJim Shea
  • Graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1982 with a BA in history
  • Graduate work at the University of Massachusetts, Wesleyan University, and Queen's University in Belfast
  • Came to NMH in 1986 as history and social science teacher and dorm head of Gould Hall. Courses taught include American Government, US History, and US Foreign Policy
  • Co-founded VOTES in 1988 and currently leads the program
  • Led five term abroad trips to Egypt and one to Turkey
  • Head coach, JV basketball and assistant coach, varsity baseball
  • Won the Blake Chair for Excellence in Teaching, the Housen Award for Excellence in Coaching, and the Parents Chair Award for Excellence in the Residential Arena
  • Received a Stanton Foundation Grant for the Innovative Teaching of Civics in 2011 and 2012
  • Currently does dorm duty in Shea Family Cottage
  • Married to Alissa; two children (Liam, 9 years old, and Aidan, 7½ years old)
  • Interests: hiking, camping, world travel, Irish history, and US politics

Lorrie Byrom (retired from NMH in 2014)

  • Graduated from the College of Wooster in 1969 with a BA in history
  • Taught elementary school in Appalachia (Coal Run, Pennsylvania)—first grade in three-room school house
  • Graduate school at the College of Wooster, earning a master’s degree in teaching history
  • Came to NMH in 1973 as a history and social science teacher; was a house director, department chair, director of studies, school dean, and dean of faculty. Courses taught include US History, World History, Asia Rising, Women’s History, Comparative Politics, and Model United Nations
  • Co-founded VOTES in 1988
  • Led five terms abroad to Egypt and one to Turkey, traveled with the Model UN group to conferences in St. Petersburg, Russia; Cairo, Egypt; Istanbul, Turkey; Haarlem, Holland; and Rio de Janiero, Brazil
  • Won Head’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Perry Family Fellowship, William Morrow Award for long-term service to the school
  • Owns and directs Camp Betsey Cox for Girls in Pittsford, Vermont (25 years in a family business)
  • Married to Mike; two children (Devri Suzanne ’90 and Jediah ’92)
  • Interests: education, camping, reading, hiking, biking, swimming, cross-country skiing, theater, and the arts
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.


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