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Parents in the House: Meet the House Heads, Part 2

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House Heads at New Hampton School offer leadership to other house parents, proctors, and residents. They support programming for residential life, supervision, and guidance, as well as nurturing a sense of community within the house. New Hampton intentionally focuses on a family-like experience within the houses. This is beneficial to all students, but in particular to first-time boarding students. To help parents “meet” our House Heads this year, we’re happy to share these introductions and insights in a blog series. Visit part one here, and stay tuned for part three next week.

More answers regarding residential life may be found on our website or by reaching out to the Student Life team members. 

Craig Churchill has been a faculty member and the Head Coach of the Women’s Varsity Hockey program since 2010.

Welcome to O’Connor House
House Head: Craig Churchill

Craig is a Civics and U.S. History instructor and the Sophomore Class Dean at New Hampton School. He is the House Head of O’Connor House and the Head Coach of the Women’s Varsity Hockey Team.

What is your favorite part of being a House Head?

Seeing them on my duty nights. I love our conversations and the fun we have in the evening. I especially like making food for them (Pulled Pork seems to be the favorite). Also, I enjoy our house meetings when—on top of covering basic house rules and happenings—we often discuss culture and community and what we can do to build the culture and community that we want!

What special events or activities take place at your house?

House Clean is always fun every year. Otherwise, the special events or activities that take place vary from year to year depending on the residents.  Some years we have board game nights and puzzle nights. Other years we’ve done outdoor movies and sledding expeditions! We are always on the lookout for ways to get the girls together  for bonding and making memories! Some of the best boarding school memories are made in the house!

Nick Ellis experienced his first Husky House Clean this fall as House Head of Veazey House.

Welcome to Veazey House
House Head: Nick Ellis

Nick is a first-year faculty member at New Hampton, currently in the Academic Support Program. Additionally, he is the Assistant Men’s Varsity Hockey Coach and Assistant Junior Varsity Lacrosse Coach.

What is your favorite part of being a House Head?

My favorite part about being a house head is building strong relationships with each student in the house.

What special events or activities take place at your house?

We haven’t been able to have special events in the house yet this year due to the pandemic, however next year we plan to have more house nights, watching games, and ordering food together, and spending time together in the common room.

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Nate Saler, above right, is the House Head of Small House shown here at the annual House Clean in 2019.

Welcome to Small House
House Head: Nate Saler

Nate is the Head of the History department here at New Hampton School as well as the Assistant Mountain Biking Coach and House Head of Small House.

What is your favorite part of being a House Head?

My favorite part is having the boys as young freshmen in our house, and then teaching them years later as seniors. It is so amazing to see their development as young adults.

What special events or activities take place at your house?

Sharing food together is always an important time to bond. Favorites at Small House are hot dog nights and pancake nights.

Charlie Smith is a practicing artist and Visual Arts faculty member in addition to his duties as a coach, advisor, and House Head.

Welcome to Caswell House
House Head: Charlie Smith

Charlie is a Visual Arts faculty member here at New Hampton School. In addition to being the House Head in Caswell, he serves as Head Coach of the Women’s Varsity Soccer team and the Outing Club.

What is your favorite part of being a House Head?

My favorite part is getting to know the students in the house more personally and learning about their interests and passions. I can fondly recall many great times in Caswell bonding with students over everything from FIFA to MMA, street art to stand-up comedy. Many memorable conversations have been had around the house when students are able to let their guard down and be themselves in a safe and comfortable environment.

What special events or activities take place at your house?

As the house culture varies year to year, so too do the ways that we come together to have some fun together. In recent years we’ve had an Xbox tournament, English Premiere League parties on Sunday afternoons, and monthly BK nights. One annual tradition that has always been a blast is a year-end pizza and bowling trip.

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