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 also 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.

See The MacDuffie School go camping! Labor Day weekend, boarding and day students attend the Hulbert Outdoor Center for a weekend full of fun, adventure, and teambuilding exercises. Our students enjoy camping in tents, archery, canoeing, arts and crafts, a high ropes course, the opportunity to build and grow friendships and much more!

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Alexander Breault
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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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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Amy Hawkins
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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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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Casey McKenzie
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. He is also looking forward to exploring how he can contribute to the academic side of things at Macduffie as he has previous experience as a math tutor. During his time at Macduffie, Casey will be continuing work at the software company, LLumin (based in West Springfield, MA), where he has been contributing as a Data/Communications Assistant since May 2018.

Outside of work, Casey’s interests have mostly always revolved around sports. He enjoys playing practically anything, but most of the time he can be found on either a golf course or a basketball court. He also spends a lot of his time listening to music and cites Jim Croce, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Drake as his favorite artists. Other than that, Casey loves vacationing/traveling to his grandfather’s lake house on Seymour Lake in Vermont, his family’s sacred beach – Newcomb’s Hollow in Wellfleet, as well as wherever else he can muster up a trip to.

 

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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. He is also looking forward to exploring how he can contribute to the academic side of things at Macduffie as he has previous experience as a math tutor. During his time at Macduffie, Casey will be continuing work at the software company, LLumin (based in West Springfield, MA), where he has been contributing as a Data/Communications Assistant since May 2018.

Outside of work, Casey’s interests have mostly always revolved around sports. He enjoys playing practically anything, but most of the time he can be found on either a golf course or a basketball court. He also spends a lot of his time listening to music and cites Jim Croce, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Drake as his favorite artists. Other than that, Casey loves vacationing/traveling to his grandfather’s lake house on Seymour Lake in Vermont, his family’s sacred beach – Newcomb’s Hollow in Wellfleet, as well as wherever else he can muster up a trip to.

 

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Allyson Morin
Allyson Morin Director of Marketing and CommunicationsResidential Assistant

BA, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Allyson Morin 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. In the evenings on campus, she is often found sewing or painting while chatting with the girls who live on her residential hall.

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Allyson Morin Director of Marketing and CommunicationsResidential Assistant

BA, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Allyson Morin 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. In the evenings on campus, she is often found sewing or painting while chatting with the girls who live on her residential hall.

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Lucy Tew
Lucy Tew Assistant Dean of BoardingTheater Teacher

BA, University of Southern California

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Lucy Tew Assistant Dean of BoardingTheater Teacher

BA, University of Southern California