Science

Science is everywhere and in everything! Our department philosophy is to help students to recognize the relationships between scientific disciplines and to appreciate the relevance of science in their everyday lives.

Facilitating the process for students to become effective thinkers and problem solvers guides our coursework. Learning to ask questions, make observations, set up control experiments, and document and interpret data all to contribute to helping our students use the tools of science to draw appropriate conclusions for themselves. The collaborative nature of scientific work is strongly reinforced through frequent group activities in the classroom. Effective written and oral communication skills are emphasized as well as research skills and the use of appropriate technology.

While two years of laboratory sciences are required in the Upper School, it is recommended that students experience all three of the major disciplines – physics, chemistry, and biology. Students are encouraged to continue their science learning experience and complete four years of science instruction by taking any of the department’s numerous electives.

For students interested in health science careers, we have an outstanding partnership opportunity with the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) that guarantees admission to MCPHS for qualified students.

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Kristina Hamel P’17

Science Department Chair; Chemistry Teacher

B.S., Bay Path University
B.S., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Tina Hamel, Science Department Chair and Chemistry teacher, brings more than fifteen years of teaching experience to MacDuffie, and has taught chemistry, earth science, psychology, forensics, and other subjects during her tenure. A native of Chicopee, Mass., she 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.…

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Roger Moncusi

Science Teacher

Título de grado (B.A.), Universitat de Barcelona
Título de master (M.S.), Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya

Roger is from Barcelona, where he lived until moving to Massachusetts seven years ago.…

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Lisa Page

Science Teacher

B.S., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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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Melissa Valentine

Science Teacher

B.S., Gettysburg College
M.Ed., Marymount University

Melissa Valentine grew up in Connecticut and spent the first part of her career working for non-profits in Washington D.C., including the Smithsonian Institution. After teaching in Maryland for nine years, she was excited to trade the traffic of the D.C. metro area for the beautiful Pioneer Valley. In the classroom, Melissa can be found wearing her science on her sleeve (literally, with her science-themed clothes) and telling bad science puns.…