Student Support

Student Support

Nobles believes that all learning is emotional, and we’re committed to supporting our students through academic, interpersonal, health and identity issues.

Our Student Life team—composed of a range of administrators including the Provost, Dean of Diversity Initiatives, Class Deans, counselors, nurses, learning specialist and Dean of Students—provides both personal and academic support for students. In addition, the Peer Help Program works with the Student Life Team to provide free student-to-student tutoring and a host of other support groups and services.

Mark Spence

Dean of Students At nobles since 2007

A Middlebury College graduate with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Spence played minor league professional hockey before returning to Middlebury as an admission officer and assistant men’s hockey coach. At Boston University, he earned a master’s degree in mental health and behavioral medicine while interning in the psychiatry unit at the Boston Medical Center and counseling both BU and Tufts students. Before Nobles, Spence was a clinician for Child and Family Services in New Bedford. Spence joined the Nobles faculty in 2007. Prior to his appointment as Dean of Students, he was Nobles’ director of counseling.

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A Middlebury College graduate with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Spence played minor league professional hockey before returning to Middlebury as an admission officer and assistant men’s hockey coach. At Boston University, he earned a master’s degree in mental health and behavioral medicine while interning in the psychiatry unit at the Boston Medical Center and counseling both BU and Tufts students. Before Nobles, Spence was a clinician for Child and Family Services in New Bedford. Spence joined the Nobles faculty in 2007. Prior to his appointment as Dean of Students, he was Nobles’ director of counseling.

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Meg Hamilton

Associate Dean of Students At nobles since 2005

At Nobles since 2005, Meghan serves as Associate Dean of Students and Associate Director of College Counseling. Meghan is also a faculty advisor to Nobles Peer Help Program, a group of upper school students that organizes peer-to-peer tutoring, peer-to-peer mentoring and student directed programs that support the health and well being of the student body. In addition to these roles, Meghan has also taught history, been a class dean, coached the girls varsity soccer and lacrosse teams, served as a dorm parent and sat on the upper school admission committee. Meghan received her undergraduate degree from Williams College and her Ed.M from Boston College’s Lynch School of Education. She loves working with students of all grade levels and her goal is help each student maximize his or her Nobles experience.

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At Nobles since 2005, Meghan serves as Associate Dean of Students and Associate Director of College Counseling. Meghan is also a faculty advisor to Nobles Peer Help Program, a group of upper school students that organizes peer-to-peer tutoring, peer-to-peer mentoring and student directed programs that support the health and well being of the student body. In addition to these roles, Meghan has also taught history, been a class dean, coached the girls varsity soccer and lacrosse teams, served as a dorm parent and sat on the upper school admission committee. Meghan received her undergraduate degree from Williams College and her Ed.M from Boston College’s Lynch School of Education. She loves working with students of all grade levels and her goal is help each student maximize his or her Nobles experience.

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Edgar De Leon

Associate Dean of Students At nobles since 2013

After graduating from the Upward Bound program at Nobles, De Leon attended Boston College, where he studied history and sociology. He returned to work at Upward Bound (UB) in 2005 and has since realized his dream of becoming the program’s director. He came to Nobles full time in 2013 and has served as an assistant varsity basketball coach, associate dean of students and the Class III dean. In his work with students, whether through UB, diversity work, or learning together in the Nobles classroom or on the basketball court, De Leon hopes to help young people become the best version of themselves.

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After graduating from the Upward Bound program at Nobles, De Leon attended Boston College, where he studied history and sociology. He returned to work at Upward Bound (UB) in 2005 and has since realized his dream of becoming the program’s director. He came to Nobles full time in 2013 and has served as an assistant varsity basketball coach, associate dean of students and the Class III dean. In his work with students, whether through UB, diversity work, or learning together in the Nobles classroom or on the basketball court, De Leon hopes to help young people become the best version of themselves.

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Bill Bussey

Provost At nobles since 1987

After five years teaching in two independent schools and starting a British import business, Bussey joined the Nobles faculty in 1987. He taught middle school English, and coached football, basketball and baseball. Bussey has created scores of events for students, most notably the Magic Bus. He also worked in the college counseling office for two years. Currently the provost and the ombudsman, Bussey teaches a senior English elective, runs the Assembly program, oversees clubs and organizations and mentors the School Life Council. Bussey and his wife Nan (financial aid director in the admission office) have two daughters, Kate ’15 and Sarah ’18.

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After five years teaching in two independent schools and starting a British import business, Bussey joined the Nobles faculty in 1987. He taught middle school English, and coached football, basketball and baseball. Bussey has created scores of events for students, most notably the Magic Bus. He also worked in the college counseling office for two years. Currently the provost and the ombudsman, Bussey teaches a senior English elective, runs the Assembly program, oversees clubs and organizations and mentors the School Life Council. Bussey and his wife Nan (financial aid director in the admission office) have two daughters, Kate ’15 and Sarah ’18.

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Erica Pernell

Dean of Diversity At nobles since 2012

Erica Pernell joined Nobles in 2012. She works collaboratively with students, faculty, and graduates to support diversity and inclusion throughout all aspects of school life, with a special focus on the middle school. Pernell has a background in chemistry and teaches eighth grade science. While earning her master’s in curriculum and instruction at the University of Connecticut, she focused on multicultural education, which largely informs her work at Nobles. Pernell exudes enthusiasm for all aspects of her work and loves the opportunities a diverse community offers for growth and progress.

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Erica Pernell joined Nobles in 2012. She works collaboratively with students, faculty, and graduates to support diversity and inclusion throughout all aspects of school life, with a special focus on the middle school. Pernell has a background in chemistry and teaches eighth grade science. While earning her master’s in curriculum and instruction at the University of Connecticut, she focused on multicultural education, which largely informs her work at Nobles. Pernell exudes enthusiasm for all aspects of her work and loves the opportunities a diverse community offers for growth and progress.

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Mike Hoe

Director of Academic Support At nobles since 2007

After earning an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from Brown University, Mike joined the Nobles faculty ten years ago as a science Teaching Fellow. Since then, Mike has worked in the Science Department teaching all levels of Biology, Chemistry and Neuroscience. After earning his master’s degree in education (in Mind, Brain, and Education) from Harvard Graduate School of Education, Mike became interested in helping students and families better understand learning challenges and how to find support at Nobles. Mike now serves as the Director of Academic Support to promote collaboration and help students find success. In addition to these roles, Mike also serves as the Assistant Director of Residential Life and resides in Wiggins Hall with his family.

Office: Academic Achievement Center

After earning an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from Brown University, Mike joined the Nobles faculty ten years ago as a science Teaching Fellow. Since then, Mike has worked in the Science Department teaching all levels of Biology, Chemistry and Neuroscience. After earning his master’s degree in education (in Mind, Brain, and Education) from Harvard Graduate School of Education, Mike became interested in helping students and families better understand learning challenges and how to find support at Nobles. Mike now serves as the Director of Academic Support to promote collaboration and help students find success. In addition to these roles, Mike also serves as the Assistant Director of Residential Life and resides in Wiggins Hall with his family.

Office: Academic Achievement Center

Jen Hamilton

Director of Counseling At nobles since 2001

Hamilton, a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and Licensed Educational Psychologist, joined the Nobles faculty in 2001. Her goal is to create a space where adolescents will feel comfortable to talk about their concerns. Hamilton is particularly interested in anxiety’s relation to school performance. In addition to one-on-one meetings with students, she runs student discussion groups and hosts mindfulness sessions for the community. Before Nobles, Hamilton worked at a school for children with learning disabilities in New York City. She earned both her graduate and undergraduate degrees at Tufts University.

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Hamilton, a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and Licensed Educational Psychologist, joined the Nobles faculty in 2001. Her goal is to create a space where adolescents will feel comfortable to talk about their concerns. Hamilton is particularly interested in anxiety’s relation to school performance. In addition to one-on-one meetings with students, she runs student discussion groups and hosts mindfulness sessions for the community. Before Nobles, Hamilton worked at a school for children with learning disabilities in New York City. She earned both her graduate and undergraduate degrees at Tufts University.

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Rick Wilson

PsyD, Consulting Psychologist / School Counselor At nobles since 2007

Wilson is a private practice clinical psychologist who specializes in working with adolescents, adults, couples and families. Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree in Music and Sound Recording from the University of New Haven. He has his master’s degree in Theology and is a Doctor of Psychology, which he earned at Fuller Theological Seminary. As a professional in the field of psychology for 13 years, Wilson describes his goals as “listening well and responding empathetically, so adults and kids can feel comfortable being themselves and discussing their lives.” He has worked with the Nobles community since 2007.

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Wilson is a private practice clinical psychologist who specializes in working with adolescents, adults, couples and families. Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree in Music and Sound Recording from the University of New Haven. He has his master’s degree in Theology and is a Doctor of Psychology, which he earned at Fuller Theological Seminary. As a professional in the field of psychology for 13 years, Wilson describes his goals as “listening well and responding empathetically, so adults and kids can feel comfortable being themselves and discussing their lives.” He has worked with the Nobles community since 2007.

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Mary Batty

Upper School Counselor At nobles since 2003

Batty rejoined the Nobles faculty in 2003, years after beginning her career as an English teaching fellow. What she loved most about that year was getting to know students and helping them figure out how to deal with the challenges in their lives. After her TF year, she earned her master’s of education in school counseling from Boston University. Batty became the director of counseling at Worcester Academy and then at the Pingree School. When a job opened at Nobles, Batty says she “jumped at the chance to return to the school that had inspired me to become a counselor.” After many years in the world of private schools, Batty maintains that “Nobles is a special place.”

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Batty rejoined the Nobles faculty in 2003, years after beginning her career as an English teaching fellow. What she loved most about that year was getting to know students and helping them figure out how to deal with the challenges in their lives. After her TF year, she earned her master’s of education in school counseling from Boston University. Batty became the director of counseling at Worcester Academy and then at the Pingree School. When a job opened at Nobles, Batty says she “jumped at the chance to return to the school that had inspired me to become a counselor.” After many years in the world of private schools, Batty maintains that “Nobles is a special place.”

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Trish Koningisor

Nurse / Health Educator At nobles since 2002

Koningisor joined the Nobles Student Life Team in 2002. Prior to this, she worked as a school nurse in the Framingham school system for 10 years. The multi-faceted nature of the job of Nobles’ school nurse is a perfect fit for Koningisor. She appreciates the caring community and this particular setting for the administration of health care. She has worked in many different areas of health care ranging from director of a local home health agency to hospital liaison to local visiting nurse associations, and has come to the conclusion that working in education as a school nurse is, by far, the most rewarding.

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Koningisor joined the Nobles Student Life Team in 2002. Prior to this, she worked as a school nurse in the Framingham school system for 10 years. The multi-faceted nature of the job of Nobles’ school nurse is a perfect fit for Koningisor. She appreciates the caring community and this particular setting for the administration of health care. She has worked in many different areas of health care ranging from director of a local home health agency to hospital liaison to local visiting nurse associations, and has come to the conclusion that working in education as a school nurse is, by far, the most rewarding.

Office: Pratt 105

Lisa O'Connor

Nurse / Health Educator At nobles since 2010

Prior to joining Nobles in 2010, O’Connor worked at Mass General Hospital for more than 15 years in many different capacities, most recently as a nurse practitioner. Much of her time there was spent in oncology and surgery. O’Connor left MGH with plans to stay home for a few years with her children, but soon realized that she really missed her work as a nurse. She returned to work part time in the local school system, and quickly learned that school nursing is the perfect combination of healthcare, counseling and education. O’Connor feels lucky to work at Nobles, where she feels “surrounded by wonderful students and faculty,” and looks forward to coming every day.

Prior to joining Nobles in 2010, O’Connor worked at Mass General Hospital for more than 15 years in many different capacities, most recently as a nurse practitioner. Much of her time there was spent in oncology and surgery. O’Connor left MGH with plans to stay home for a few years with her children, but soon realized that she really missed her work as a nurse. She returned to work part time in the local school system, and quickly learned that school nursing is the perfect combination of healthcare, counseling and education. O’Connor feels lucky to work at Nobles, where she feels “surrounded by wonderful students and faculty,” and looks forward to coming every day.