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.