School NewsAug 17, 2023
— updated Aug 26, 2023
Welcome, Meghan Smith
New Dean of Teaching & Learning joins MHS
Miss Hall’s School has named Meghan Smith, as the School’s inaugural Dean of Teaching and Learning.
Meghan comes to Miss Hall’s with more than 20 years of teaching and administrative experience, demonstrated success in designing and implementing curriculum, and a background in DEI-focused leadership.
Since 2005, she has worked at Lawrence Academy, in Groton, Massachusetts, serving in a variety of roles, including Latin, History, and English Instructor; Language Department Chair; Director of the 9th grade interdisciplinary program; and Director of DEI Professional Growth and Practice.
“I am thrilled that Meghan will join the MHS Leadership Team and contribute her vision, experience, and new ideas to Miss Hall’s,” said Head of School Julia Heaton. “Meghan’s background in the classroom, in developing challenging and interdisciplinary curriculum and professional development, and in advancing learning with an eye toward diversity, equity, and inclusion, make her an ideal fit for leading our transformative academic program. She is eager to work with our talented faculty, and, most of all, to get to know our students.”
“What I appreciate most about Miss Hall’s is the commitment to providing a thriving school environment that strives to include the world outside the four walls of the classroom and engaging with the Berkshire Community,” Meghan said. “Making connections is an essential part of education, in terms of fostering interpersonal skills, as well as confident communication, and I am excited to join a community that values student-centered learning and community-centered growth.”
Meghan joined Lawrence Academy as a Latin Instructor and served as Language Department Chair from 2007 to 2010, when she began as an English/Humanities Instructor, a position she held until joining MHS. From 2014 to 2016, she served as Ninth Grade Program Director, leading a team that developed a skills-based, multidisciplinary curriculum for all ninth graders.
In 2021, she was named Director of DEI Professional Growth and Practice, designing and implementing professional development around teaching and learning practices related to culturally responsive teaching, and guiding school leadership through a review of policy and curriculum as it relates to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the school’s mission. Meghan also served as a Dorm Head, Advisor, and Coach.
Meghan holds an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College, an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a B.A. in Classics, with a concentration in Music, from the University of Dallas. She is also certified in Teaching Mindfulness and brings this practice to her work.