Dean of Students' Welcome

Portrait of Nicole Hager, dean of students

Welcome to NMH! You've discovered one of the most exciting, distinctive boarding schools you could hope to find.

I say that with some authority, having worked in boarding schools for 14 years. When I arrived at NMH in 2002, I joined a vibrant, diverse community where individual development, community standards, and high expectations form the core of the academic and student life experience.

As dean of students, my job is to challenge and support students outside the classroom. Although classrooms provide a rich learning environment, students spend a lot of time outside the walls of our academic buildings, and we offer amazing opportunities to acquire knowledge and experience and contribute to the community through clubs, organizations, and volunteer groups.

We also have a student life curriculum that promotes self-responsibility, integrity, and moral leadership. Whether it's serving as a class officer, starting a program to raise awareness of the genocide in Darfur, or working on campus sustainability projects, students discover passions they didn't know they had and commit themselves to ideas bigger than themselves.

Many schools profess to educate the whole child. At NMH, we live and breathe our founder's motto to educate the heads, hearts, and hands of young people. I came to NMH — as perhaps you will, too — because part of the school's mission is to encourage students to live with purpose and to make a difference in the world.

Nicole Hager
Dean of Students

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