Who We Are

MHS Leadership

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  • Julia Heaton, Head of School

    Julia Heaton became the Eleventh Head of Miss Hall’s School in July 2014. Prior to joining Miss Hall’s, Ms. Heaton served on the faculty and administration of the Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School (LREI) in Manhattan. At LREI since 2004, Ms. Heaton was a high school English teacher, advisor, Academic Dean, and Director of Admissions. While at LREI, she helped lead the high school through a significant expansion of the facilities, student body, and curriculum offerings. Ms. Heaton previously held faculty positions at The Chapin School, Manhattan Country School, and Prep for Prep, all in New York. 

    Since arriving at Miss Hall’s, Ms. Heaton has led the School through completion of a new strategic design that will help shape the School’s future and which sets the stage for growth and innovation. That growth has included the construction of a new residence hall and academic building—Linn Hall—on the Miss Hall’s campus, the introduction of new curricular initiatives, including the addition of a Department of Engineering & Technology Innovation, and plans to grow enrollment to approximately 250 students. In addition, the School recently completed its ten-year reaccreditation with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.

    Ms. Heaton holds a B.A. in American Studies, with a concentration in African-American History, from Yale University. She also holds an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Columbia University Teachers College. She was selected as a member of the inaugural cohort of the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) Emerging Leadership Institute, a two-year leadership development program that she completed in August 2013.

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  • Lisa Alberti, Dean of Academics

    Lisa Alberti ’73 joined Miss Hall’s in July 2018 as Dean of Academics and Faculty, bringing more than forty years of classroom and administrative experience to MHS. Ms. Alberti works with the faculty to guide, shape, and implement the School’s vision for its academic program. Ms. Alberti came to Miss Hall’s from Trevor Day School in Manhattan, where she was most recently the Associate Head of School. She joined Trevor Day in 1977, teaching in the Primary School (grades K-3), and becoming the Lower School Director in 1986. In 1996, Ms. Alberti was appointed Director of the Elementary School (grades 1-5), serving in that role until 2011, when she was named Assistant Head of School for Curriculum and Teaching. The following year, Ms. Alberti was named Trevor Day’s Associate Head of School. Ms. Alberti holds an M.A. in Education from Bank Street College of Education and a B.A. in Psychology from Trinity College.

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  • Christie Higuera, Dean of Students

    Christie Higuera was appointed Dean of Students in 2013 and oversees all aspects of the School’s Student Life Program, including leadership development, residential life, advising and advocacy, and the continued advancement of the MHS Student Life Curriculum. Dean Higuera has held several roles at Miss Hall’s since joining the School in 2002. She previously served as MHS Assistant Dean of Students, Dean of Student Programs, and Assistant to the Academic Program and Assistant Head of School. She has also held positions in the MHS Athletics Department. Dean Higuera holds a B.S. in Communications from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is currently pursuing a Master of Education.

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  • Paula Lima Jones, Dean of Equity and Inclusion

    Paula Lima Jones joined MHS in July 2019 as the School’s first Dean of Equity and Inclusion. In this role, Ms. Lima Jones provides direction and leadership for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives at Miss Hall’s, working with students and adults to facilitate a culture of inclusivity on and beyond the MHS campus. From August 2006 to May 2014, Ms. Lima Jones served as Director of the Office of Diversity Initiatives at Dickinson College, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. From July 2014 to July 2016, she was Racial Justice Program Manager at the YWCA Boston. Most recently, Ms. Lima Jones served as a Teacher’s Assistant at Spring Street Preschool, in Amherst, Massachusetts. She holds an M.A. in Community Psychology & Social Change from Penn State Harrisburg and a B.A. in Psychology from Emory University.

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  • Helen Telfer, Director of Finance and Operations

    Helen Telfer joined the School in July 2018 as Interim Director of Finance and Operations and was appointed Director in November 2018, bringing twenty-eight years of experience as a financial manager to Miss Hall’s. Most recently, Ms. Telfer was the Chief Financial and Operating Officer at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle, Maine. She also previously served as Director of Finance and Operations at Bridgton Academy, in Bridgton, Maine, and as Chief Financial Officer at the Long Trail School, in Dorset Vermont. At Miss Hall’s, Ms. Telfer works with senior administration and the Board to ensure fiscally responsible and mission-aligned decision-making. Her role includes overseeing all financial and operating functions of the School, including budgeting, financial reporting, monitoring investment accounts, and school operations. Ms. Telfer holds a B.S. in Accounting from Post University and is currently working on a master’s degree program in public administration.

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  • David Hopkins, Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management

    David Hopkins joined the School in July 2017 and oversees all of Miss Hall’s enrollment management and student recruitment efforts. Mr. Hopkins came to MHS from the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in Georgia, where he was the Director of International Programming. Mr. Hopkins joined Rabun Gap in 2006, serving as a classroom teacher and World Languages Department Chair until 2012. He began his teaching career at St. Paul’s School, in Covington, Louisiana Mr. Hopkins holds an M.A. in Teaching Foreign Language from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Binghamton University.
See our student leadership for the 2019-2020 year here.

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  • Merritt Colaizzi, Director of Advancement

    Merritt Colaizzi joined MHS in February 2018 as Director of Advancement, overseeing the School’s marketing and development strategy, including alumnae and parent engagement, communications and marketing, major gifts, planned giving, a comprehensive campaign, and the Annual Fund for MHS. In her role, Ms. Colaizzi works closely with the Board of Trustees and volunteer leadership. Ms. Colaizzi most recently served as Director of Development at the Clark Art Institute, in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where she also held the positions of Campaign Director and Director of Major Gifts. Previously, she was the Publisher of an online media company with 4 million subscribers. Herself the graduate of an all-girl, K-12 education at The Ellis School in Pittsburgh, Ms. Colaizzi earned a B.A. in Art History from Trinity College and an M.A. from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
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Located in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, Miss Hall's School is a private, college preparatory, boarding and day high school for girls grades 9-12.
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