Our Innovative Faculty

Our Innovative Faculty

At MHS teachers are skilled and wise role models who help each girl excel. They know the cadence of a girl’s prose, why she thinks Harper Lee is the best author who ever lived, and how she sees a math equation as a mystery waiting to be unraveled. They know that she can explain the physics of a bouncing basketball and how, if she pushes herself just a bit further, her ceramics project can go from good to great. After all, it’s not about where she is, but where she’s headed, that really matters.
 
With an average class size of 10 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 6-to-1, MHS students have all the attention they need to discover new strengths—and interests they didn’t know they had. Our creative teachers engage with girls and inspire them to step out of their comfort zones and into exploring what’s possible. Our students learn from teachers who know them well (they’re also your advisors, coaches, and weekend chaperones, after all) and who are eager to see them achieve.

Professional Development

The MHS faculty and staff, supported in part by the Dr. Mary H. Grant Faculty Research and Professional Development Fund, regularly seek opportunities to build their skills on behalf of the School and its students. Additionally, all Miss Hall’s School faculty and staff participated this year in three on-campus Professional Development days:

  • November 27 — focused on the theme of building community, communication, and trust among the adults in our community
  • January 2 — focused on the the strategic goals of professional growth and collaboration and strengthening a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Facilitated by Leigh Thompson, of Go Beyond Diversity, co-Directors of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Akilah Edgerton ’00 and Kim Boland ’94
  • March 26 — focused on the themes of equity, innovation, and advocacy and how these intersect with the goals of the MHS Strategic Design
A sampling of recent professional development by MHS faculty and staff:

  • Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management David Hopkins attended the Erdmann Institute for Enrollment Leadership in South Casco, Maine — June 10-13, 2018.
  • Thirty MHS faculty participated in a three-day Project-Based Learning (PBL) session hosted on the MHS campus and led by the Buck Institute — June 6-8, 2018
  • Co-Coordinators of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Kim Boland ’94 and Akilah Edgerton ’00 and Associate Director of Admissions Kimone Simpson attended the 2017 NAIS People of Color Conference, sponsored by the National Association of Independent Schools, in Anaheim, California — November 28 - December 1, 2017
  • Head of School Julia Heaton attended the Annual Conference of The Head Mistresses Association of the East at the Chauncey Conference Center in Princeton, New Jersey — November 12-14, 2017 
  • Director of Library Services Vicky Biancolo attended the American Library Association/American Association of School Librarians Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona — November 9-11, 2017 
  • History Teacher, Academic Support Specialist and Academic Coordinator Liza Burbank, Ph.D., attended the Beacon Academy Symposium on Race and Class in Education in Boston — October 20, 2017
  • Custodial Services Manager Sabine Bartlett and Housekeeper James Wheeler attended the ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada — September 11-14, 2017. Sabine also completed the requirements and achieved expert level certification from the Cleaning Industry Management Standards program. 
  • Studio Art Teacher Ellie Spangler attended “Oil Painting: Bending the Rules,” a workshop, at Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program, in Williamsburg, Massachusetts — Aug 3-6, 2017
  • History Teacher, Academic Support Specialist, and Academic Coordinator in Support of the Deans Liza Burbank, Ph.D., attended the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) School Leadership Institutein Alexandria, Virginia — July 25 – 28, 2017
  • Director of Library Services Vicky Biancolo traveled to Iceland, Ireland, England, and Scotland to visit five UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Cities of Literature, researching what those cities have done to promote cultures of reading* — July 17, 2017 - August 17, 2017
  • Director of Athletics Brad Horth attended “Directing the Athletic and PE Programs,” facilitated by Independent School Management (ISM), in Wilmington, Delaware — June 2017
  • Science Teacher Donna Daigle and Math Teacher and Academic Support Specialist Fredi Hungate attended the 5th Annual UVA Innovation in Pedagogy Summit at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, Virginia — May 3, 2017
  • History Department Chair and Leonhardt Family Teaching Chair Matthew Rutledge P’08, P’11 and English Teacher Richard Scullin attended the Design Consortium Workshop at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, Massachusetts — April 23, 2017
  • Studio Art Teacher Ellie Spangler visited the Costume and Textile Collection at Cornell University — April 2017
  • Registrar Linda Coll attended the ACCIS College Office Assistants annual meeting, facilitated by the Associations of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS), in Northampton, Massachusetts — April 2017
  • Science Teacher Jennifer LaForest attended the “Deeper Learning 2017” conference at High Tech High, in San Diego, California — March 28-30, 2017
  • History Teacher Michael Alexander, Ph.D. visited The Madeira School, in McLean, Virginia, as part of the MHS Task Force for Schedule, Calendar, and Curriculum (TASC) investigation into redesigning the MHS academic calendar — February 16-17, 2017
  • English Teacher Emily Pulfer-Terino ’97 attended the 2017 AWP Conference & Bookfair sponsored by the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, in Washington, D.C. — February 8-11, 2017
*Funded by The Paternotte Family Faculty Travel and Study Endowment Fund

MHS Faculty as a Resource

MHS faculty and staff regularly present at conferences and workshops nationwide, sharing their expertise and insights on girls’ education, including classroom pedagogy, experiential education, and student life in a college preparatory school. Among the recent presentations:

  • Phoebe Goodhue Milliken ’37 English Department Chair Rebecca Cook-Dubin and MHS alumnae MaryCatherine Balcom ’17 and Shanti Nelson ’18 presented “Project G.I.R.L (Gumption in Real Life): Experiences from a Girl-centered, Project-based Classroom,” at the National Coalition of Girls' Schools Global Forum on Girls’ Education II, in Washington, D.C. — June 20, 2018 
  • Director of Campus Services Robert Aldrich has been appointed to a two-year term on the board of the Southern New England Chapter of APPA (SNEAPPA), the association of educational facilities professionals — June 12, 2018
  • Director of Library Services Vicky Biancolo presented “Lessons from Cities of Literature: Building a Reading Culture," sharing the work from her Paternotte Family Travel Grant at the New England Association of Independent School Librarians annual conference at Berwick Academy — April 27, 2018 
  • Director of Engineering and Technology Innovation Christopher M. Himes, Ph.D., hosted “Computer Science Unplugged: Computational Thinking through Storytelling, Craft, and Play,” an ITQ (Improving Teacher Quality) Workshop at Miss Hall’s for early childhood educators — January 17, 2018
  • Director of Engineering and Technology Innovation Christopher M. Himes, Ph.D., presented “Learning and Leading a Rigorous Science Curriculum,” at the Berkshire STEM Educators Conference hosted by the Flying Cloud Institute at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Massachusetts — December 1, 2017 
  • Director of Campus Services Robert Aldrich presented “Partnership Success Stories with a Facilities Condition Assessment, along with Principals/Project Managers Pamela Babuca and Philip Conte from StudioJAED at ERAPPA’s (the Eastern Region of APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities) regional conference of facilities directors in Washington, D.C. — October 31, 2017 
  • History Teacher Michael Alexander, Ph.D., joined a post-show panel and conversation a conversation addressing the topic, “Patriarchy: A Crime Against Humanity?” following WAM Theatre’s performance of the play, The Last Wife, at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. — October 21, 2018 
  • Director of Theater and Dance Jennifer Jordan presented “Physical Storytelling Using Mime,” at the New England Theatre Conference (NETC) annual conference in Cromwell, Connecticut — October 20-22, 2017
  • Director of Theater and Dance Jennifer Jordan presented “Physical Storytelling Using Mime,” at the New England Theatre Conference (NETC) annual conference in Cromwell, Connecticut — October 20-22, 2017
  • Dean of Students Christie Higuera and Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life Mary Bazanchuk presented “Activating Student Personal Teams to Promote Retention” at the 2017 TABS/NAIS Global Symposium sponsored by The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), in Miami, Florida — April 30 - May 2, 2017
  • Phoebe Goodhue Milliken ’37 English Department Chair Rebecca Cook-Dubin, Science Teacher Donna Daigle, and English Teacher Monica Kirschmann presented “Grading for Growth: Strategies for Creating Mission-Based Assessment Practices” at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland — March 1-3, 2017
  • Director of Horizons Alison Basdekis, MHS Trustee and Alumnae Council President Katie Grace Deane '05, Manager of Alumnae Relations and Advancement Partnerships Lynelle Weaver, and former Director of Development and Alumnae Relations Diane Wortis presented "Building a Culture of Philanthropy” at the 2017 NCGS/NYSAIS Educating Girls Symposium, sponsored by the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools and the New York State Association of Independent Schools, in New York, N.Y. — February 22, 2017
  • MHS Trustee and Former MHS Alumnae Council President Becca Hajjar ’89, Trustee and Development Committee Chair Charles Platt P’04, Manager of Alumnae Relations and Advancement Partnerships Lynelle Weaver, and former Director of Development and Alumnae Relations Diane Wortis presented “Go Far, Go Together: Trustees, Alumnae Council, and Staff Partnering on a Successful Campaign” at the 2017 CASE/NAIS Independent Schools Conference, sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), in Austin, Texas — January 22-24, 2017


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