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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 development.

Our Student Life team—composed of a range of administrators including the provost, co-directors of diversity, equity and inclusion, class deans, psychologists and counselors, nurses, learning specialists 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.

Office: Shattuck 125

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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Meghan Hamilton

Associate Dean of Students At nobles since 2005

Meghan Hamilton serves as Associate Dean of Students and Associate Director of College Counseling, and first joined Nobles in 2005. 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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Meghan Hamilton serves as Associate Dean of Students and Associate Director of College Counseling, and first joined Nobles in 2005. 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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Nahyon Lee

Nahyon Lee

History faculty, Interim Co-Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion At nobles since 2006

Nahyon Lee joined the history faculty at Nobles after teaching at Sage Hill School in Southern California. She is a graduate of Bowdoin College, where she concentrated on government and environmental studies, and received the Watson Fellowship to study in Spain, Venezuela, Argentina and Chile. Lee did her graduate work in history and education at Brown University. At Nobles, Lee is interim co-director of diversity, equity and inclusion, and has chaired the history department and served as Class I Dean. She is a faculty advisor to Asian 2 Asian (A2A), the affinity group for Asian-identifying students, and Asian Culture Club (ACC). She coached JV girls tennis from 2006-2018 and now coaches girls varsity tennis. Lee has also led EXCEL trips to Spain, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, India, Central Europe and Greece.

Nahyon Lee joined the history faculty at Nobles after teaching at Sage Hill School in Southern California. She is a graduate of Bowdoin College, where she concentrated on government and environmental studies, and received the Watson Fellowship to study in Spain, Venezuela, Argentina and Chile. Lee did her graduate work in history and education at Brown University. At Nobles, Lee is interim co-director of diversity, equity and inclusion, and has chaired the history department and served as Class I Dean. She is a faculty advisor to Asian 2 Asian (A2A), the affinity group for Asian-identifying students, and Asian Culture Club (ACC). She coached JV girls tennis from 2006-2018 and now coaches girls varsity tennis. Lee has also led EXCEL trips to Spain, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, India, Central Europe and Greece.

Edgar De Leon

Associate Dean of Students, Class III Dean, Interim Co-Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion At nobles since 2013

Edgar De Leon ’04 attended Boston College, where he studied history and sociology. He returned to work at Upward Bound (UB) in 2005 (a program from which he himself graduated) and served as the program’s director from when he joined Nobles in 2013, until spring 2019. At Nobles, De Leon 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 endeavors to help young people become the best version of themselves.

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Edgar De Leon ’04 attended Boston College, where he studied history and sociology. He returned to work at Upward Bound (UB) in 2005 (a program from which he himself graduated) and served as the program’s director from when he joined Nobles in 2013, until spring 2019. At Nobles, De Leon 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 endeavors to help young people become the best version of themselves.

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Bill Bussey

Provost At nobles since 1987

Bill Bussey joined the Nobles faculty in 1987, after five years teaching in independent schools and starting a British import business. 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 have two daughters, Kate ’15 and Sarah ’18.

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Bill Bussey joined the Nobles faculty in 1987, after five years teaching in independent schools and starting a British import business. 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 have two daughters, Kate ’15 and Sarah ’18.

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Heather O'Neill

Director of Academic Support At nobles since 2019

Heather O’Neill is an educator who partners with students, families, and teachers to assist young people in growing and maturing into successful adults. After working with youth in and out of the classroom for over three decades, Heather believes that everyone, no matter their ability, can achieve great things. She encourages and teaches students to not lower their goals to the height of their abilities, but rather heighten their abilities to the level of their goals. Heather joined the Nobles Community as the Director of Academic Support in the fall of 2019. She has a passion for the arts that has brought her around the world working with dancers of all ages.

Heather holds a C.A.G.S. in Educational Leadership, a M. Ed. in Special Education and a B.S. in Political Science.

Office: Academic Achievement Center

Heather O’Neill is an educator who partners with students, families, and teachers to assist young people in growing and maturing into successful adults. After working with youth in and out of the classroom for over three decades, Heather believes that everyone, no matter their ability, can achieve great things. She encourages and teaches students to not lower their goals to the height of their abilities, but rather heighten their abilities to the level of their goals. Heather joined the Nobles Community as the Director of Academic Support in the fall of 2019. She has a passion for the arts that has brought her around the world working with dancers of all ages.

Heather holds a C.A.G.S. in Educational Leadership, a M. Ed. in Special Education and a B.S. in Political Science.

Office: Academic Achievement Center

Jen Hamilton

Director of Psychology and Counseling, Licensed Educational Psychologist At nobles since 2001

Jennifer 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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Jennifer 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.

Office: Pratt 200

Rick Wilson

PsyD, Psychologist/Counselor At nobles since 2007

Rick Wilson is a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with adolescents and families. He 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 for 15 years, Dr. Wilson describes his goals as “listening deeply, responding empathetically, and working towards creating a space for others to be their most authentic selves.” He has worked with the Nobles community since 2007.

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Rick Wilson is a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with adolescents and families. He 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 for 15 years, Dr. Wilson describes his goals as “listening deeply, responding empathetically, and working towards creating a space for others to be their most authentic selves.” He has worked with the Nobles community since 2007.

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Mary Batty

Upper School Counselor At nobles since 2003

Mary 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 has been the director of counseling at Worcester Academy and 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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Mary 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 has been the director of counseling at Worcester Academy and 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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Lisa O'Connor

Director of Health Services At nobles since 2010

Lisa O’Connor, director of health services, joined the Nobles faculty in 2010. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Colby College in English and her Masters of Science in Nursing from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. Prior to Nobles, O’Connor worked as a nurse practitioner at MGH for many years. She finds school nursing to be the perfect combination of healthcare, counseling and education.

The Nobles health services team has worked hard to create a space that is welcoming and supportive, and that promotes health and wellness for all members of the Nobles community.

Lisa O’Connor, director of health services, joined the Nobles faculty in 2010. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Colby College in English and her Masters of Science in Nursing from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. Prior to Nobles, O’Connor worked as a nurse practitioner at MGH for many years. She finds school nursing to be the perfect combination of healthcare, counseling and education.

The Nobles health services team has worked hard to create a space that is welcoming and supportive, and that promotes health and wellness for all members of the Nobles community.

Erin Hartford

Erin Hartford

Assistant Director of Health Services At nobles since 2019

Erin Hartford comes to Nobles from Dedham Country Day School where she served as the school nurse for seven years. Prior to that she began her nursing career as a staff nurse at Brigham and Women’s Hospital working in orthopedics and general medicine. Hartford earned her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University and went on to earn her BSN from Curry College. She feels passionate about school health and feels very fortunate to be a part of a community that places so much emphasis on supporting its students in all aspects of their lives. Hartford is a Massachusetts native and lives in West Roxbury with her partner and two children. She is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys hiking, camping, biking and climbing.

Erin Hartford comes to Nobles from Dedham Country Day School where she served as the school nurse for seven years. Prior to that she began her nursing career as a staff nurse at Brigham and Women’s Hospital working in orthopedics and general medicine. Hartford earned her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University and went on to earn her BSN from Curry College. She feels passionate about school health and feels very fortunate to be a part of a community that places so much emphasis on supporting its students in all aspects of their lives. Hartford is a Massachusetts native and lives in West Roxbury with her partner and two children. She is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys hiking, camping, biking and climbing.