Tricia Casey Shepherd wasn’t particularly interested in school until ninth grade.

“Miss Hall’s provided me with a goal, like a dare, and I accepted,” recalls Tricia, whose academic interests were in fields, such as math, usually dominated by boys. “I needed the single-sex environment to develop my own learning style and my own voice and to not be silenced by the louder voices of boys.”

With undiagnosed dyslexia, Tricia also benefitted from faculty attention and small classes. After Miss Hall’s, her career in education included roles at independent schools in Cairo, Casablanca, and Eritrea, and, upon returning to the U.S. in June 2011, at Endicott College.

“Having been in education, I know that you have to have dedicated faculty, engaged students, and a student-centered program that works for many learning styles,” says Tricia, who joined the MHS Heritage Society by including the School in her will. “Miss Hall’s represents a kind of learning that isn’t readily available. By making a planned gift, I am helping to make it available to more girls.”