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

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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Megan Clavie-Parker

Residential Advisor

AS Manchester Community College
BSBA Bryant University
MBA University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Isenberg School of Business

Megan Clavie-Parker has been a volunteer, chaperone, and homestay parent at MacDuffie since 2016. Outside of her residential advisor duties at MacDuffie, she works in finance for the aerospace industry and has volunteered for numerous organizations including a local library, women’s shelter, and children’s aid group.…

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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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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.

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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Lucy Tew

ELL Teacher; Theater Teacher; Campus Point Person

BA, University of Southern California
MA, Salem State University

Lucy Tew is a drama geek at heart and has been since she was the same age as her youngest students are now. Originally from Los Angeles, she has now lived and worked at MacDuffie for going on four years. In that time she has served as a Residential Assistant, Middle School Theater Teacher, English tutor, creative writing instructor, and the Assistant Dean of Boarding Life, and has been a part of the production team on seven MacDuffie Theater productions (including devising and directing two spring plays).…