Boarding Student Life

Dorm Life: MacDuffie boarding students are part of a supportive multicultural community, living together in double and single rooms in newly refurbished dormitories with a caring residential life staff. Students build strong relationships with other boarding students from the United States and from around the world, as well as with residential staff, many of whom are also their classroom teachers and coaches during the school day.

Social Life: Boarding students develop friendships with day students from nearby towns by attending classes together and by participating with them on athletic teams, performing arts groups, and other extracurricular activities. Day students often invite boarding students to visit their homes on weekends and for longer holiday periods such as Thanksgiving and Winter and Spring Breaks.

Dining: An important part of each student’s day, and MacDuffie offers healthy, appetizing meals three times a day for all boarding students in our state-of-the-art dining facility. Our chef plans well-balanced meals that appeal to the multicultural tastes of our domestic and international students.  Menus are prepared using fresh ingredients and are served by a courteous and helpful dining staff.

Weekend Activities: Boarding students weekend activities take advantage of the regional attractions, beauty and culture of New England, and include apple picking, pumpkin carving, skiing, roller skating, classical and popular music concerts, museums, athletic events, fairs, theater performances, and shopping trips to area malls. Students are also able to take advantage of the wide range of events and activities at nearby colleges such as Amherst, Smith, Mount Holyoke and Williams, as well as the many colleges and universities in Boston, only 90 minutes away. Special weekend trips during the year are often planned to Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. as well.

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Seamus Bell
Seamus Bell Residential AdvisorBasketball Coach; Ultimate Frisbee Coach

BA, UMass

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Seamus Bell Residential AdvisorBasketball Coach; Ultimate Frisbee Coach

BA, UMass

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Matthew Castle
Matthew Castle Residential Advisor

BA, Norwich University

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Matthew Castle Residential Advisor

BA, Norwich University

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Alex Doming
Alex Doming

BS, Westfield State University

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Alex Doming

BS, Westfield State University

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Zachary Hensley
Zachary Hensley Assistant Dean of BoardingPsychology TeacherResidential Advisor

BA, University of Virginia

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Zachary Hensley Assistant Dean of BoardingPsychology TeacherResidential Advisor

BA, University of Virginia

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Jessica Panico
Jessica Panico Residential AdvisorEnglish TeacherMagnolia Advisor; Crew Coach; Swimming Coach

BA, Vassar College
MA, Simmons College

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Jessica Panico Residential AdvisorEnglish TeacherMagnolia Advisor; Crew Coach; Swimming Coach

BA, Vassar College
MA, Simmons College

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Katie Reyes
Katie Reyes Residential Advisor

BEd, Central Connecticut State University
MFA, Fairfield University

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Katie Reyes Residential Advisor

BEd, Central Connecticut State University
MFA, Fairfield University

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Jacque Rivera
Jacque Rivera Boys’ Basketball CoachP.E. + Health Teacher

BS, College of Our Lady of the Elms
ME, College of Our Lady of the Elms

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Jacque Rivera Boys’ Basketball CoachP.E. + Health Teacher

BS, College of Our Lady of the Elms
ME, College of Our Lady of the Elms

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Taylor Sherman
Taylor Sherman Residential Advisor

BSc, UNH
MA, Boston College

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Taylor Sherman Residential Advisor

BSc, UNH
MA, Boston College

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Lucy Tew
Lucy Tew Residential AdvisorTheater Teacher

BA, University of Southern California

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Lucy Tew Residential AdvisorTheater Teacher

BA, University of Southern California