Academics

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 in 2017-18 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:

  • Controller Rachel Jingst and Director of Human Resources Amber Stockham attended the Permanens Capital 2018 Investment Committee Symposium in New York City — October 1, 2018
  • History Teacher and Academic Support Specialist Liza Burbank, Ph.D., and History Department Chair Matthew Rutledge attended the Case Method Project TEACH Workshop at the Harvard Business School in Cambridge, Massachusetts — September 23-25, 2018
  • Director of Theater and Dance Jennifer Jordan attended the Educational Theatre Association Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado — September 13-16, 2018
  • Associate Director of Admissions Ali Haas attended The Enrollment Management Association Annual Conference in San Diego, California — September 12-15
  • History Teacher and Academic Support Specialist Liza Burbank, Ph.D., attended a Visiting Committee Accreditation Workshop hosted by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges at the Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center in Farmington, Connecticut —September 12, 2018 
  • Phoebe Goodhue Milliken ’37 English Department Chair Rebecca Cook-Dubin traveled to Berlin, Germany, and Copenhagen, Denmark. She explored Berlin’s history as a divided city, its cycles of nationalism, and its role in today’s European Union, and compared and contrasted those experiences with that of Copenhagen, another culturally rich city with a significant role in social and literary history, and in her teaching curriculum. — August 2018 
  • History Teacher and Academic Support Specialist Liza Burbank, Ph.D., attended New Directions in Choices’ U.S. History Series, hosted by The Choices Program of Brown University — August 20-21, 2018
  • History Teacher and Academic Support Specialist Liza Burbank, Ph.D., attended the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Equity Design Lab: Culturally Responsive Teaching, held in Potomac, Maryland — August 6-8, 2018
  • Campus Safety Officers Hope Dillard and Eddie Monteiro successfully completed the New Hampshire Campus Safety Academy in Nashua, New Hampshire. The academy specializes in preparing campus public safety and security officers with the skills needed for work on college and secondary school campuses — August 1-3, 2018
  • Director of Human Resources Amber Stockham and Interim Director of Finance and Operations Helen Telfer attended the Employer Association of the North East’s Compensation and Benefits Conference in Sturbridge, Massachusetts — July 19, 2018
  • 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
*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
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