Health, happiness, success—our goals for our students are multifaceted and reflect the individual needs and talents of each student.
At KUA, learning happens everywhere, all the time, which means it doesn’t stop when classes are over. Education is delivered in three ways: through curriculum, role models, and problem solving. Students encounter all three of these elements in the classroom, on the sports field, in the theater, in the dorms—everywhere on campus.
Student life is about engaging in the curriculum in ways that allow connections between classrooms and the community to flourish and enrich both arenas. Student life is also about making connections that will last a lifetime. Another critical component of education is learning to meet challenges with energy, critical and creative thinking skills, and the expectation that experience grants wisdom.
The heart and soul of student life is the integrated advising program. One advisor meets one-on-one with students to ensure they are getting the support they need to be as successful as possible in their pursuit of academic and extracurricular excellence.
Each student is assigned an advisor at the beginning of the school year and makes extensive use of their support, both in formal gatherings and impromptu meetings. Whether a student is seeking advice on academics or social issues or simply needs to know that someone is on their team, advisors are there to mentor, guide, and provide support on a wide variety of issues. Advisors are also the primary contact between the Academy and parents.
Explore the following pages and delve into more about what makes life at KUA special.
Originally from Brussels, Ontario,Canada, Brooklyn graduated from Colgate University in 2007 with a degree in Theatre and a minor in Writing and Rhetoric. At Colgate, Brooklyn was a goalie on the NCAA Division 1 women’s ice hockey team for four years, and served as a captain in her senior year. She also played softball, volunteered at the local public school, and served as a Link Staff member.
Following her graduation from Colgate University, Brooklyn attended New York University and completed her master’s degree in Educational Theater for Colleges and Communities. Through this program she built and developed interactive workshops and seminars on leadership and life skills for adolescents.
Having graduated from the Culver Academies, and then working there as the Advisor to Residential Life and Leadership prior to KUA, Brooklyn is no stranger to the independent school experience.She believes strongly in students taking responsibility and ownership of their school, and in doing so understanding and exhibiting the qualities of Servant Leadership. At Culver she became certified in Challenge Course Facilitation, and uses this as a resource for leading workshops focusing on teambuilding, confidence, respect, and leadership.
Brooklyn first became acquainted with Kimball Union Academy when her sister Brianne ‘10, enrolled as a junior. In addition to fulfilling her duties as the Assistant Dean of Students, Brooklyn will coach girls’ ice hockey and softball, and serve as Dorm Head in Frost.
Eric joined the Kimball Union Academy faculty in 2004. He teaches a multidisciplinary set of courses including Human Geography, Economics, World History and Spanish. In the summers, Eric and his wife, Yesenia Araya Mesen, look forward to traveling with their two daughters and students to Central America as part of the Academy’s ALPs Summer Tropical Adventure Program in Costa Rica. At KUA he coaches the boys’ varsity lacrosse team and assists with the varsity boys’ soccer team.
A graduate of Colby College in 1991, Eric completed a master’s in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004. Before returning to graduate school in 2002, Eric spent six years in Costa Rica. During this time, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer, directed a rainforest conservation foundation, and ran a tropical study program for high school students. Eric enjoys the many opportunities for teachers and students at KUA to connect their academic interests with real world exploration and adventure. He looks forward to the options for students to travel abroad, get to know the far reaches of New England, and become familiar with the Upper Valley and its rural, outdoor attractions.
Eric started teaching in the early nineties in Texas as a Teach for America corps member. Before heading to Central America, he worked as an outdoor wilderness instructor in Utah and Idaho. As an undergraduate at Colby, Eric captained both the men’s soccer and lacrosse teams. He holds the lacrosse single season total points record and is second in all-time career points.
Holly Noyes hails from Marblehead, MA. She came to KUA in the fall of 2013 after hearing her grandfather speak so well of his experience on The Hilltop as a student. Holly joined the community after graduating from St. Lawrence University. At St. Lawrence, she majored in Sociology and minored in Sports Studies and Exercise Science. Holly competed on the lacrosse team, was named captain during her senior year, as well as Regional All-American. Holly studied abroad in London, England and Ethiopia in 2011 and 2012, where she focused on Sociology. This sparked her love of travel and equally her love for meeting all different types of people.
At KUA, Holly is the Assistant Dean of Students, where she works closely with students and faculty alike. She teaches Freshmen Choices as well. Holly also serves as an advisor and coaches Girls’ JV Soccer, Recreational Skiing, and Girls’ JV Lacrosse. She is a dorm parent in Chellis and lives in Densmore with her friendly Golden Retriever, Oakley.
Student Activities Coordinator and Athletic Assistant
Coming directly from Union College, where she majored in Psychology and played on the Division I Women’s Ice Hockey team, Jamie will wear a couple of different hats at the Academy. She will be working with the Student Life team in taking over Student Activities and also serve as an assistant to Mike Doherty in athletics. Having attended Berkshire School and King School, and having worked in several summer camps, Jamie is excited to begin her full time career. She will be assistant coaching JV field hockey, and varsity ice hockey, and varsity softball, and living in the Mikula First Floor apartment.
Nicole (Coley) Hapeman has worked as a counselor, teacher, and mentor to people of varying ages and backgrounds for nearly two decades. She holds a BA in biology from Skidmore college and a MA/Ed.S in counseling from Seton Hall University. She came to KUA from the Wilder School in Wilder, VT where she served as a School Based Clinical Counselor. Previously, she served as a member of the residential faculty and arts instructor at Emma Willard School in Troy, NY. Coley also has experience as a behavioral/academic coach, program director, and special education teacher. She is a trained .b Mindfulness Instructor, Ashaya Yoga Instructor, Nia teacher and educator with a passion for working in schools with teachers, students, and families.
Coley’s mission is to use mindful creativity, humor, and compassion to build a thriving school community.
Founded in 1813, Kimball Union Academy is one of the oldest private boarding high schools in New Hampshire and the country. KUA blends the best of the New England boarding tradition with an innovative, modern educational program for a diverse group of day and boarding students from across the country and around the world. Located in Meriden, New Hampshire in the heart of the Upper Valley, Kimball Union is minutes from Dartmouth College and has direct access to Boston and New York.