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
Gretel Schatz

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

Hugh Silbaugh

"I’m a teacher and a dean. Teaching always comes first."

Becca Malloy

Science isn't just talk, but it certainly helps.

Mary Hefner

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

Eugene

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

Connor

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

Taneyah

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

Anna

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

Miles

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

Leighlani

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

Noah

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

Ayleen

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

Tayhee

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

Marissa

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

Olivia

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

Aksorn

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

Maggie

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.”

Abby

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

Ngone

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

Eli
Eli

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

Kevin

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

Isabella

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

Melvin

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