Kelly Hood: Tackling Challenge & Taking on the AT

September 7, 2016

Faculty Spotlight: Kelly Hood

Kelly Hood is a new member of the English Department at Gould this year. She is the Head Field Hockey coach, and lives in Gehring Hall.

Kelly Hood engages with ninth graders on the first day of classes.

Kelly Hood engages with ninth graders on the first day of classes.

Kelly Hood doesn’t shy away from a challenge.

Hood was a standout athlete at Dartmouth College, breaking several records as an All-American Field Hockey player (including single season and career goals). But while playing against Yale during her junior season she suffered a season-ending injury. “Before my injury, I had been playing some of the best field hockey I would play during my entire career, scoring 18 goals in 13 games,” says Hood. “The injury forced me to step outside of myself and my own achievements and direct my energy toward my teammates. As my role shifted, I learned how to better appreciate the people around me, recognizing that the success of a team is dependent upon the unique contribution of each and every player.”

Dartmouth field hockey

Hood pushing herself and the ball while at Dartmouth.


“Teaching students about how to thrive in, appreciate, and care for the natural world is at the center of my philosophy as an educator.”


Katahdin Appalachian trail

Kelly and her mom on top of the world.

And the challenges didn’t stop after college. She recently completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Having grown up in Berlin NH in the shadow of the trail, it has long been a goal, and one she prepared for by summiting all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4,000 foot peaks. This love for the outdoors is one of the aspects of Gould that Hood finds so attractive. “Gould’s curriculum is one I wholly believe in,” say Hood. “From orientation trips to an eight day winter backpacking trip for the junior class, teaching students about how to thrive in, appreciate, and care for the natural world is at the center of my philosophy as an educator.”

Learn more about Kelly as a teacher, coach, and member of the Gould community in the Q & A below.

Name: Kelly Hood

High School: Holderness School

College and Degree:
Dartmouth College: B.A. in English, Minor in Education and Human Development

Coaching Philosophy:
My goal as a coach is to create a culture where athletes love every part of the game of field hockey. There were too many times in my career where personal accolades felt empty and going to practice became a job. We too often forget that sports have so much more to offer than what can be quantified on a scoresheet or resume. With the right combination of hard work and team camaraderie, it’s possible to develop a space that thrives off of an intensely focused fun. Once this mindset is consistently brought to every practice and game, winning takes care of itself.

Fun Fact:
I started taking flight lessons last year and hope to earn a private pilot’s license in the future.

Favorite book: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Movie I would recommend: Crash (2004)

Best piece of advice I ever received:
My mom told me to listen to the call of the mountains whenever I need strength. Nature has yet to fail me. It has given me more than I will ever be able to give in return.

Katahdin Appalachian Trail

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2 Responses

  1. Avatar Martha Yules says:

    This is fantastic addition to the Weekly newsletter! Thanks for sharing Kelly”s story – she will be a great contributor to Gould, I just know it. It sounds she has landed at the right school.

  2. Avatar Peter Durnan says:

    What good fortune for the Gould family to have added Kelly Hood. As is made clear in this article, she is principled and fueled by passion. We at Holderness are proud of how positively she changed out school as a student and a faculty member, and we look forward to witnessing her continued contributions at Gould.

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