Each August, New Hampton School celebrates the arrival of new faculty and staff members. We are grateful and excited to welcome home two Huskies as they start new roles here on campus, and we are also happy to introduce you to the newest member of the Advancement team who will connect with many alumni in the months to come.
Hope Blais ’96
Hope Blais ’96 has joined our Business Office as the school’s Controller. After graduating from New Hampton, Hope moved to Boston to work and study at Northeastern University. Since earning her degree in 2001, Hope has lived and worked in Connecticut, Portsmouth, NH, and most recently The Netherlands. She has enjoyed traveling, real estate investing, and becoming a Mom to a spunky 6-year-old named, Raphael. In September 2019 she relocated back to New Hampton with her son to be closer to family. Hope shared that she is “excited to learn about all the things the Husky community has been up to over the past 25 years. There have been so many exciting advancements the school has made with academics, sports, facilities, and overall school vision. I’m also quite excited to work with a fantastic team of professionals in the business office that has been supporting me as I learn the business side of New Hampton, providing me the opportunity to learn new skill sets and contribute to my professional growth.”
Donovan Theme ’16
Donovan Theme ’16 has returned to Husky Nation as a Teaching Fellow. After graduating from New Hampton, Donovan attended Wofford College in South Carolina where he earned a Bachelor’s in Business Economics. While at Wofford he continued to play basketball and was part of the winningest team in school history, racking up nearly 100 wins in his four years there. Donovan shared that his favorite teacher while a student at New Hampton was Joe Sampson. “I remember it like it was yesterday, I took his Improv class my first year and first class here and it helped me break out of my shell and made me aware that it was okay to be myself and put myself out there.” Although he admits that his new role within the Husky community has been a bit of an adjustment, he is looking forward to having an impact on student’s lives the way he was impacted by the faculty and staff during his time here as a student.
Tom Pratt joins the Advancement Team as a Major Gifts Officer. Bringing 25 years of boarding school experience to Husky Nation, Tom’s work history includes a long tenure as Athletic Director and Boys Hockey Coach at Northfield Mount Hermon and more recently, focusing on Major Gifts at Kimball Union. Tom is excited to work with and get to know our alumni and will focus on coordinating the efforts of our alumni affinity groups as part of his outreach.