Faculty + Staff

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Cody Anderson-Salo

Residential Assistant

BA, Oberlin College

Cody Anderson-Salo joined the MacDuffie staff in 2019 as a Residential Assistant after working as a teacher of Theatre and English at Cardigan Summer Session and before that as a substitute and after school teacher in New Hampshire. He graduated from Oberlin College in 2018 with a bachelor’s in history and theatre. He also captained the Ultimate Frisbee team and participated in an a cappella group while attending Oberlin.…

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Becky Beth Benedict

Arts Department Chair; Theater Teacher

BA, University of North Dakota
MA, University of North Dakota

Becky Beth Benedict grew up as a farmer’s daughter but always knew that her tribe was in the theater.  She studied theater at the Unversity of North Dakota, where she graduated magna cum laude. Known to her students and colleagues as “Ms.…

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Allyson Bigelow

Director of Marketing and Communications; Residential Assistant; Campus Point Person

BA, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Allyson Bigelow joined MacDuffie in 2018 as the Marketing and Communications Specialist where she also took on the roles of Residential Assistant and campus Point Person.  Prior to joining MacDuffie, Allyson founded and worked at Salute Press, a small firm that specialized in marketing businesses with a military affiliation. She is a native to the pioneer valley where the colorful fall season and mountain views contributed to an interest in photography, storytelling, and multimedia.…

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Pat Boudreau

Registrar

Pat Boudreau is entering her 20th year at MacDuffie. She came to MacDuffie in August of 2000 after retiring from MassMutual in a managerial role. Pat grew up in Ludlow and currently resides in the Springfield area with her furry companion, an American Eskimo named Casper. Pat enjoys traveling to Ohio and Florida to visit some of her grandchildren.

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Eric Bowman

Mathematics Teacher

BSME, Clemson University
MSME, Clemson University
ME, Lesley University

Eric Bowman joined the Mathematics Department in 2015.  Eric worked for nine years at Academy Hill in Springfield; before that, he gained industry experience in engineering.  Mr. Bowman has a BS summa cum laude, and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University, and an MEd from Lesley University. …

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Alexander Breault

Residental Assistant

BA, Eastern Connecticut State University

Alex Breault joined the staff as a Residential Assistant.  Mr. Breault has a wealth of residential experience, working in both the Summer Academy at Suffield Academy, and at the ASSIST Orientation, a week-long program for approximately 170 international high school students conducted on the campus of Pomfret School.  Mr. Breault holds a BA in History and Social Sciences from Eastern Connecticut State University.

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Susan Clayton

Senior Associate Director of Admissions

BA, Skidmore College

Susan studied Government at Skidmore College which led to work as an Aide in the Massachusetts State
Senate followed by a position at Mass Mutual Life Insurance in Government Affairs. Her career was
paused while she raised her two children, but continued to work as a consultant to both the late U.S.
Senator Paul Tsongas and then-Mayor of Springfield, Richard Neal among others.…

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Trish Cox

Dean of Students; Math Teacher

BA, Goucher College

MLA, Western Maryland College

Trish Cox joined the MacDuffie family after spending 22 years working at boarding schools in Maryland. As dean of students, she values the opportunities she has to help students grow and learn as young adults. In addition to her role as dean, Trish enjoys teaching math, particularly Algebra I.…

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Kenneth Cusson

Maintenance

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Ethan Cutler

Residential Assistant

BA, Connecticut College

Mr. Ethan Cutler joined the MacDuffie staff in 2019 as a Residential Assistant and volleyball coach after previous work at The Viewpoint School as a long term substitute and middle school volleyball coach. Ethan earned a BA in English with a minor in Italian. Outside of work, Ethan holds interests in volleyball, soccer, film, and cooking.

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Dave Denno

Dean of Faculty; History Teacher

BA, University of Massachusetts
MA, Brown University

Dave works to balance his hybrid role as a teacher and administrator at MacDuffie with his most important roles in life: father to Elena, Penelope, and Moxie, and husband to Heather. In addition to his academic interests relating to history and philosophy, Dave is especially fond of working on old cars and listening to heavy metal music.…

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Neil Domer-Shank

BA College of Wooster
MS Ohio University

In 2019 Neil Domer-Shank joined the MacDuffie athletic department staff, serving as the Assistant Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach, teaching physical education classes, and working with student leadership development. “Coach D” spent the last 6 years in a similar role at The Master’s School, and before that was a Youth and Family Services/Camps Director in the Greater Hartford YMCA.…

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Dawn Faber

Director of Academic Support

BS, Calvin College
MA, Temple University

Dawn Faber joined MacDuffie in 2016 as the Director of Learning Support Center.  She came to us with 35 years of experience in special education, including 25 years with our good friends at Pioneer Valley Christian School.  Dawn holds a BA in Elementary Education from Calvin College and an MA in Psychology of Reading from Temple University.

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Meirion George

Athletic Director; P.E. + Health Teacher; Girls’ Varsity Soccer Head Coach

BA, Canterbury Christ Church University, England
Post Grad Certified in Education, Bedford College of Higher Education, England
MPhil, Canterbury Christ Church University, England

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Autumn Gordon

History Teacher

BA, Union College
MA, Union College

Autumn is a Social Studies and History Teacher at Macduffie. She lives in Northampton with her family; she has two daughters that keep her happily busy when she is away from school. This is Autumn’s sixth year at MacDuffie and eighteenth year of teaching. Autumn is passionate about teaching, especially when working with the middle school.…

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Edward Gray

Director of Information Technology

BA, Flagler College

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Rebecca “Duckie” Griebno

Residential Assistant

Ms. Rebecca ‘Duckie’ Griebno joins the staff as a Residential Assistant. Previously, she has been involved in the Duke TiP Summer Studies program for gifted students in various residential roles. Duckie is working towards a BA from Penn State in International Politics with a minor in International Relations. Her free time pursuits include baking, sewing, and performance arts.

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Steve Griffin P’21, P’23

Head of School

BMath, Waterloo
BE, University of Western Ontario
ME, OISE University of Toronto

Steve Griffin is entering his ninth year as Head of School at The MacDuffie School in Granby, MA, where he has overseen considerable growth in both student population and program offerings.

He spent the previous 15 years in boys’ education in Toronto, Canada, with roles of teacher, coach, department chair, International Baccalaureate Coordinator, Head of Upper School, and Head of School.…

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Kristina Hamel P’17

Coordinating Chair – STEM; Science Department Chair; Chemistry Teacher

BS, Bay Path University
BS, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Hello! My name is Tina Hamel and I’m thrilled to say this is my 14th year teaching high school science. I grew up in Chicopee, Massachusetts and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Bay Path University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The University of Massachusetts Amherst.…

Eric Hamylak

Residential Assistant

BA, St. Louis University

Mr. Eric Hamylak joined MacDuffie in 2019 as a Residential Assistant and Campus Point Person.  He has more than 15 years of experience working in schools as a Student Activities Director, After School Program Site Director, and various Academic Support roles.  Over the years he has coached boys and girls soccer and led several student clubs. …

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Amy Hawkins

Residential Assistant

BA, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amy Hawkins joined MacDuffie in 2019 as a Residential Assistant.  A Pioneer Valley native, Amy studied History at Umass Amherst with additional studies in childhood development and diversity in education.  She is passionate about promoting socioeconomic equality and confidence through education.  Amy enjoys spending time with her family, listening to live music, and watching documentaries.

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Kevin Hillman

French Teacher; Language Department Chair; Homestay Coordinator; Cross Country Coach

BA, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
Université de Caen Basse-Normandie

Kevin’s life always seems to throw something new and exciting at him, and one of his greatest joys as a teacher is seeing students embrace their own experiences in life. Growing up in a rural setting helped foster Kevin’s interest in nature—gardening specifically—and his travels abroad gave him a better sense of the world.…

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Zach Huber

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Steve Kaminski

Music Teacher

BMus, Southern Methodist University

Steve Kaminski spent 26 years in Los Angeles working in the TV entertainment industry.  He is happy to be back in New England teaching the importance the musical arts play in a students journey and growth.  He is thrilled to be teaching music at the MacDuffie school where the arts are a valued part of the curriculum.

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Dana Katz

ELL Teacher; Community Service Coordinator

BA, Smith College

MA, San Francisco State University

Ms. Dana Katz joined MacDuffie in 2018 as an ELL teacher.  Ms. Katz was most recently at Darrow School in New York.  She has already had a career that spans the globe, from placements in private industry and the college setting to teaching English in Japan and Israel. …

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Deanne Klingensmith

School Counselor

BA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
ME, Springfield College

Kevin Konstant

Athletics Trainer

Kevin attended Springfield College where he earned degrees in athletic training, health sciences and education. He is a Certified and Licensed Athletic Trainer. He tries to focus on a holistic approach to athletic training and teaching working on improving spirit, mind and body of  students and athletes.

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Dawn LaRochelle

ELL Teacher; English Teacher

BA, Duke University
JD, Harvard Law School
ME, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

A “recovering” Wall Street attorney, Dawn owned a restaurant and two catering companies prior to launching her teaching career. Cooking, baking, and hosting parties are still her passion, and when she is not grading papers, she is most often in the kitchen poring over new recipes.…

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Dina Lyman ’66

Dean of Boarding Life and Alumni Relations

AA, Centenary University

Dina (Waters) Lyman ‘66 returned to MacDuffie at the start of the 1979-80 school year and has served in numerous capacities in the Boarding Department and the school ever since. A fixture on the MacDuffie campus, Dina has seen drastic changes in the school – from its roots as an all-girls’ school in an urban setting to a co-educational, boarding/day school on a 250-acre campus in Granby.…

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Joe Malmborg

Residential Assistant

BA, Assumption College

Mr. Joe Malmborg joins the staff as a Residential Assistant after previously becoming an orientation leader at Assumption College. He has also worked as an intern in the Worcester Juvenile Probation Department, a Research Assistant in the Psychology Department at Assumption College, as well as selling Christmas trees and other holiday items in East Longmeadow, MA.…

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Ryan Martin

Admissions Associate

BA, American International College

Ryan Martin joined MacDuffie in 2016 as an Admissions Associate.  Ryan holds a BA in Communications from American International College.  Ryan has worked as an educator in a 5th-grade classroom and has also been a gymnast and gymnastics instructor.

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Darcie Mavlouganes P’23, P’28

Executive Assistant to the Head

AA, Springfield Technical Community College
Darcie Mavlouganes joined the MacDuffie family in 2013.  After many years both in and out of the classroom in public and private schools in Springfield, MA, she is happy to be back on the Administrative side where there is always a new and interesting challenge to take on.

When she isn’t in the office, Darcie enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, especially at the boys’ various sports and scouting events. …

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Casey McKenzie

Residential Assistant

BS, Westfield State University

Casey McKenzie joined the MacDuffie staff in 2019 as a Residential Assistant and Assistant Basketball Coach. He has experience coaching the JV boys soccer team at Westfield High School and running sports camps for the Westfield Parks & Recreation Department. Casey is a graduate of Westfield State University with a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and a minor in Mathematics.…

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Jena McNerney

Visual Arts Teacher

BSC, Springfield College

Jena McNerney runs the Visual Art program at MacDuffie and owns and operates Level Studio Arts in Easthampton, MA. Jena has taught in both private and public school settings and offers classes at her studio. She focuses on ceramic arts and paintings but loves to explore new materials. She enjoys teaching all ages and is constantly learning important lessons from her students.

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Skylar Mead

History Teacher

BA, Dickinson College

Ms. Skylar Mead joins The MacDuffie School as a History Teacher. She received her B.A. in History and Music from Dickinson College, where she concentrated in Modern European History. She studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she was able to study European History and visit the places she was studying. She has previously taught 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade Social Studies.…

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Roger Moncusi

Science Teacher

Roger is from Barcelona, where he lived his entire life until moved to Massachusetts six years ago. Roger is a computer engineer but has always worked as a tutor and as a Teacher in Math, Physics and Chemistry. He was very excited to join the MacDuffie science department to teach Physics and Chemistry in 2019. Besides being a teacher, Roger is a big Barça fan and misses watching live games at Barcelona.…

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Bill Morris

College Counselor; English Teacher

BA, University of New Hampshire
ME, Boston University

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Angie Muzzy

Dance Teacher

BA, Keene State College
MFA, The College at Brockport, SUNY

Angie Muzzy joined the MacDuffie Faculty in 2014. She currently directs the dance program and loves teaching MacDuffie students to be explorative, expressive and embodied, as well as, mentoring emerging choreographers and performers in preparation for annual concerts. She is a certified 200-hour Embodyoga instructor and is currently in training for her 300-hour yoga certification at Yoga Center Amherst.…

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Joan O’Brien

Coordinating Chair of Humanities; History Department Chair; History Teacher

BA, Middlebury College
MA, University of Denver
MA, University of Massachusetts

Joan O’Brien is beginning her 25th year at MacDuffie where she teaches in the Upper School with occasional forays into the Middle School. Over the years, she has served as a classroom teacher, department chair, and Upper School Head, which has given her a special appreciation of both the close bonds between students and faculty and the collegiality among faculty and staff. …

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Lisa Page

Science Teacher

BSc, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Ms. Lisa Page joined the Science department as a Biology and Middle School teacher in 2018.  Ms. Page has previous work experience at Wilbraham and Monson Academy, and at local public schools in the area.  She is also a certified Yoga instructor and is looking to integrate Yoga into her teaching practice both in and outside the classroom. …

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Jessica Panico

BA, Vassar College
MA, Simmons University

Jessi Panico began her role as an English Teacher at MacDuffie in 2018 after working for two years as a Residential Advisor; she also advises The Magnet, the school’s student-run newspaper. She holds a BA in English from Vassar College and an MA in English from Simmons University. Jessi worked for two years at The Leadership School in Nobleboro, ME, a residential experiential education program for middle school students.…

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R. Andrew Parker

Business Manager

A.S. Asnuntuck Community College
B.A. Franklin Pierce College
B.S. Southern New Hampshire University
M.L.S. Simmons College
PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP

Andrew Parker has been at MacDuffie since the 2015-16 school year, having previously worked in public schools and libraries. At MacDuffie, he has overseen the campus master planning process; the installation of turf and grass fields; the acquisition of additional land parcels; and the in-sourcing of cleaning and janitorial services.…

Aaron Patterson

Director of Basketball & Head Boys’ Prep Basketball Coach

BS, Springfield College

MS, Springfield College

 

“Coach” is a title that Aaron Patterson is proud to have because of his love for helping young people achieve their goals and dreams on the basketball court. No matter the level, Coach Patterson finds peace and happiness in the gymnasium training basketball players who aspire to do great things.…

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Andrew Perkins

IT Specialist

Andrew Perkins has been a part of the MacDuffie School since the 2015-2016 school year, having previously worked in public schools in the Western Mass area since 2001. At MacDuffie, he maintains the network infrastructure and assists students with robotics, eSports, 3D printing, summer camp teaching, A/V, and computer and printer repair.

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Erica Piwcio

Head Registered Nurse

ADN, Holyoke Community College
AA,  Holyoke Community College

After a long career as a cosmetologist, co-owning a salon/day spa, and raising her family, Erica earned her nursing degree and is proud to be working full time as a head nurse. Originally from Western Mass, she enjoys the different seasons throughout the year and the fresh look they bring.…

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Jeffrey R. Quebec, M.Ed.

Director of Enrollment Management

B.S. – Syracuse University

M.Ed. – Boston University

Jeff was appointed Director of Enrollment Management in 2019 after serving as a Senior Administrator / Associate Director of Admissions at both Cushing Academy (Ashburnham, Massachusetts) and Eaglebrook School (Deerfield, Massachusetts) over the past twenty-five years. Prior to that, he spent a summer working at the Wolfeboro Camp School on the shores of Rust Pond in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.…

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Tara Robinson

Middle School Coordinator

BS – University of Hartford, CT
M.Ed – Harvard Graduate School of Education

Tara is excited to be joining MacDuffie after many years in both public and private education. With experiences as a camp counselor, director, teacher, tutor, nanny – Tara has worked with children in many different facets, all around the country.  Happy to be back in Western Mass where she grew up, Tara is also happiest working with middle schoolers.…

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Jennifer Rogers P’22

College Counselor; English Teacher

BS, University of Rhode Island
ME, Boston University

Jennifer Rogers is a college counselor and 8th grade English teacher at MacDuffie. She joined the ELL and English Departments in 2015 after twelve years of teaching literature and writing at local colleges. Before that, Jennifer chaired the English Department and taught English at a high school in Florida.…