Dean of Equity and Social Justice, Northfield Mount Hermon School
Martha grew up in northern New York in a family of educators, clergy, and travelers. After graduating from Bates College, she moved to Portland, ME, and started her teaching career at Waynflete School. In 2005, Martha joined the History Department at Northfield Mount Hermon School. In 2016, she was appointed as the Dean of Equity and Social Justice; her work focuses on social justice initiatives and promoting an inclusive campus culture. Along with her teaching and DEI work, Martha has served as a dorm parent, coach, affinity group leader, and participant on faculty governance committees. In addition to presenting at the NAIS Annual Conference, TABS Global Symposium, and AISNE Signature Conferences, Martha is a consultant with Carney, Sandoe & Associates in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Practice and assists with retained head of school and key administrator searches.
“Of the many lessons revealed this past year by the unprecedented layers of disruption, there are two that we’ve actually always known: authentic relationships make the world go ’round and our collective work as educators remains to create conditions of possibility within our communities—full stop. I’m excited about connecting with folks at the SJA Summer Symposium because I know we’re going to get after some Big Questions together and, bonus: it’s Vermont at the height of summer. I also could just go with some Thoreau: “Action from principle, the perception and the performance of right, changes things and relations; it is essentially revolutionary, and does not consist wholly with anything that was…””