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Meet the Admissions Team

As you explore the Hebron web, know that we are available by phone at 888-432-7664 or 207-966-5225 or by email to answer your questions. The best way to experience Hebron Academy is in person, so consider a visit to campus! We look forward to meeting you and your family soon.
Joseph Hemmings
Assistant Head of School for Enrollment
(207) 966-2100 x232
Northeastern University - B. S.
Mr. Joe Hemmings joined the Hebron Academy Office of Admission in 2000 from Massachusetts, where he managed the marketing and advising function for the Graduate Program in Special Education at Simmons College in Boston. Prior to Simmons, he was the Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Admission at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Mr. Hemmings earned his BA in Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston.

Mr. Hemmings lives on campus with wife Chris, Hebron's Midddle School Assistant Director and Spanish teacher, and daughters Emily '17 and Riley '16. What he enjoys most about Hebron is the Academy's strong sense of community. "This is a place where students feel comfortable because people are respectful and supportive of one another,” he explains.  Mr. Hemmings enjoys hiking, surfing, hockey, golf, and spending time with his family on Cape Cod in the summers.

Julie Middleton
Senior Associate Director of Admission; Drama
207-966-2100x228
University of Rhode Island - B.A.
Johnson and Wales University - B.S.
Lesley University - Masters of Education, anticipated
Ms. Middleton, known as “Ms. Midd” by her students, came to Hebron in 2002. In addition to working in the Office of Admission, Ms. Middleton directs the school's Drama Program and advises Hebron's Gay-Straight Alliance (GSTA) group called The BRIDGE. Before joining Hebron, Ms. Middleton was a French teacher, dorm parent, and drama director at the Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, CT.

Ms. Midd lives on campus in The Parsonage with her husband Stephen, Hebron’s History Department Chair, their two children Max '12, and Charlotte '14 and exotic cats. Ms. Middleton's favorite pastimes include family, yoga, music/theater/art, reading, and summers in Maine or Block Island, RI.

What she loves most about Hebron Academy is the way students and faculty support one another as they work towards achieving common and individual goals.

Kurt Swanbeck
Associate Director of Admission; Varsity Men's Soccer Head Coach
207-966-5231
Columbia University - B.A., M.A., M.Ed
A native of Franklin, MA, Mr. Swanbeck is Hebron's Associate Director of Admission and head coach of the boys' varsity soccer team. He graduated from Columbia University in 1981, where he was a four year letterman for the Lions, a captain and MVP his junior and senior seasons, and a three time All-Ivy League player.  He lead his team to three Ivy League titles and an appearance in the NCAA Final Four. He holds two Master's degrees from Columbia.

Mr. Swanbeck's coaching career began at Dartmouth and then at his alma mater Columbia, where he was an assistant coach.  He went on to become head coach of Berry College in Mount Berry, GA, compiling an impressive overall record of 112-69-5 (.616). At Berry, Swanbeck guided the Vikings to the conference's postseason tournament in each of his nine seasons at the helm and left as the winningest coach in the school's history. Before coming to Hebron in 2010, Mr. Swanbeck was the head coach at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point for seven years.

Since joining Hebron, Mr. Swanbeck has led the Lumberjacks to three consecutive MAISAD championship titles in four years and three New England tournament appearances. In 2012 the 'Jacks upset Berwick Academy (S. Berwick, ME) in the Class C quarterfinals to become NEPSAC Class C semifinalists. They fell to Beaver Country Day School (Chestnut Hill, MA) in the semis. Hebron avenged the loss in 2013 when the 'Jacks (ranked #8) upset the #1 seed BCDS club to advance to the NEPSAC semis once more.

Mr. Swanbeck lives in Glover House with his wife Lynne and sons Tyler '18, Trevor, and Tobias.

Joe Bernier
University of New Hampshire - BA

Edwin Nunez
Director of International Student Programs
Middlebury College - BA

Jennifer Ridley
Assistant Director of Admission
(207) 966-5233
University of Vermont, B.S.; Bridgewater State College, M.S.
Ms. Jenny Ridley (Agnew) ’99 joined the Admissions Office in 2013 as the Assistant Director of Admission. Previously, Ms. Ridley had the position of Sales and Marketing Director for Occupational Medical Consulting, LLC, leading efforts to build worksite wellness programs.

Ms. Ridley earned her B.S. in Nutrition and Food Science with a concentration in Exercise Science from the University of Vermont where she was a four-year member of UVM's Women's Ice Hockey team. After returning to Hebron to teach Middle School and Upper School science and coach field hockey, ice hockey and lacrosse, she went on to complete a Masters of Science program in Health and Physical Education at Bridgewater State College.

Ms. Ridley lives on the Hebron campus with her husband Corey Ridley and their twin boys Keegan and Mason.

James LeBlanc
MS & US French;Varsity Boys' Hockey & Golf Coach
University of Southern Maine - B.A.

Jessica Fitts
Admissions Operations Manager
207-966-5225
University of Maine - B.S.
Ms. Fitts joined the Office of Admission in 2011.  She comes to Hebron from Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway, ME where she worked for five years in the Administration Office.  Prior to Stephens, Ms. Fitts was a retail manager at American Eagle Outfitters and the GAP.  Ms. Fitts earned her BS in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Maine in Orono.  She enjoys running, volunteering, camping, baking, and spending time with her family. She lives with her husband Ernie and two children Connor and Anna and chocolate lab Sadie.