During this time of increasing tension and inequality, The MacDuffie Athletics Department is reconfirming its support for inclusion and a commitment in our stand against social injustice and racism. We stand alongside our student-athletes, coaches and staff regardless of race, gender, religion, nationality or beliefs. Our MacDuffie Mustangs family is unified to demonstrate respect and equality for all. We are committed to listen and to support each other so our student-athletes can play and learn in a positive and judgement-free environment. We are determined to help make our community and society a better place for all our members.
Our after-school interscholastic athletic program is an important part of a student’s educational experience. We offer a variety of teams for both boys and girls during all three seasons. The Varsity program provides a competitive team experience where outcome and achievement are a high priority. All students are encouraged to participate, regardless of their skill level.
MacDuffie Athletics is committed to promoting the ideals of sportsmanship, respect, leadership, and integrity. Our goal is to build individual athletic ability, increase physical fitness, and help gain a sense of community.
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.
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.…
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
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.…
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.…
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.…
Peter Shelburne P’14, P’17, P’20
Mathematics Department Chair; Mathematics Teacher; Ultimate Frisbee Coach
BA, Yale University
PhD, Michigan State University
Mr. Shelburne lives in nearby Northampton and has three children who have attended MacDuffie (classes of 2014, 2017, 2020). He enjoys developing projects to challenge and engage students in classes like BC AP and Multivariable Calculus and Pre AP Calculus. He helped start the Ultimate program at MacDuffie and has been the head Ultimate coach for eleven years. …