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. Our program is designed to enable each student to achieve academic success through personal growth. Students encounter learning and growth in the classroom, on the sports field, in the theater, in the dorms—everywhere on campus.
Student life is about engaging with the curriculum in ways that allow connections between the classroom and the community. 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 analysis, and the expectation that experience grants wisdom.
Our formalized advising program spans from enrollment to KUA through college matriculation. The heart and soul of student life is the integrated advising program. Advisors meet 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 excellence and personal growth.
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, 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.
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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.
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.