Meet the Middle School Faculty

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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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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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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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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

Ed Gray joined MacDuffie in June 2013 after eight years at the Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College. Prior to that he worked at Yankee Candle and Sony Electronics. He has lived in Maryland, Florida, North Carolina, and now Granby, Massachusetts. In addition to managing the network, computers, and printers on campus, Ed has been a mentor to the robotics team, taught a programming class, led an after school chess program, managed the e-sports team, taught 3D printing during in the summer camp program, and has been seen playing the ukulele in the annual Magneto Fantastico talent show.

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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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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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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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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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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.…

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Daniel Taravella

Latin Teacher; History Teacher

BA, Allegheny College
MA, University of Chicago

On the Latin side, his current professional interests are the history and archaeology of early Rome (especially Roman historical myths), Roman social history, Roman imperialism, and the art and literature of the Augustan Age.  On the History side, his current professional interests are comparative world history (especially empires), imperialism and gender, and the relationship between historical developments and environmental and climatic factors.…

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Lucy Tew

Assistant Dean of Boarding; Theater Teacher; Campus Point Person

BA, University of Southern California

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).…

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Dennis Wilcox

Mathematics Teacher

BA, Skidmore College

Dennis is a mathematics teacher at MacDuffie.  He earned a B.A. in Mathematics from Skidmore College.  He began working at Macduffie 2013 but has been teaching math since 2000.  He enjoys spending time with his children, playing basketball and watching baseball.