Meet the Middle School Faculty

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Becky Beth Benedict
Becky Beth Benedict Arts Department ChairTheater 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. B3”, Becky Beth Benedict has worked as an actor, a director, a radio announcer, improvisational artist, and a voiceover artist in the entertainment and media industries. In addition to teaching theater at MacDuffie, she directs and produces Fall Play, Winter Musical, and Spring Play.  Some of her favorite musicals and plays include Rent, Metamorphoses, Cabaret, Hairspray, Hamilton, The Addams Family, and Mamma Mia. When not at school, she relishes attending Broadway shows in New York City, cosplaying at Renaissance Faires, and tinkering outdoors in her garden.

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Becky Beth Benedict Arts Department ChairTheater 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. B3”, Becky Beth Benedict has worked as an actor, a director, a radio announcer, improvisational artist, and a voiceover artist in the entertainment and media industries. In addition to teaching theater at MacDuffie, she directs and produces Fall Play, Winter Musical, and Spring Play.  Some of her favorite musicals and plays include Rent, Metamorphoses, Cabaret, Hairspray, Hamilton, The Addams Family, and Mamma Mia. When not at school, she relishes attending Broadway shows in New York City, cosplaying at Renaissance Faires, and tinkering outdoors in her garden.

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Eric Bowman
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.  Eric has a keen interest in electronics and has worked in the past building custom high-end bicycles.

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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.  Eric has a keen interest in electronics and has worked in the past building custom high-end bicycles.

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Dawn Faber
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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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
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. She is excited to work with her students.
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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. She is excited to work with her students.
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Edward Gray
Edward Gray Director of Information Technology

BA, Flagler College

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Edward Gray Director of Information Technology

BA, Flagler College

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Kevin Hillman
Kevin Hillman French TeacherLanguage Department ChairCross Country Coach

BA, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
Université de Caen Basse-Normandie

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Kevin Hillman French TeacherLanguage Department ChairCross Country Coach

BA, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
Université de Caen Basse-Normandie

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Steve Kaminski
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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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
Bill Morris College CounselorEnglish Teacher

BA, University of New Hampshire
ME, Boston University

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Bill Morris College CounselorEnglish Teacher

BA, University of New Hampshire
ME, Boston University

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Angie Muzzy
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. Most recently she was the 2018-2019 IBT choreographer in residence at The Wooden Floor in Santa Ana, CA and has showcased her choreography at various colleges, universities and festivals across the country. Her research interests include pedagogy, interdisciplinary studies, and social justice theory.

When not doing all things dance, she enjoys playing with her Goldendoodle, hiking, and traveling.

 

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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. Most recently she was the 2018-2019 IBT choreographer in residence at The Wooden Floor in Santa Ana, CA and has showcased her choreography at various colleges, universities and festivals across the country. Her research interests include pedagogy, interdisciplinary studies, and social justice theory.

When not doing all things dance, she enjoys playing with her Goldendoodle, hiking, and traveling.

 

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Lisa Page
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.  Ms. Page has a BSc in Biology from UMass 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.  Ms. Page has a BSc in Biology from UMass Amherst.

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Tara Robinson
Tara Robinson Middle School CoordinatorEnglish and History Teacher
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. When not at school (and often when she is), Tara enjoys music, theater, tennis, and board games (the louder and faster, the better!). Tara lives in Holyoke with her husband and young son, and they love to travel and go on adventures, big and small. She’s looking forward to all the adventures MacDuffie will hold.
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Tara Robinson Middle School CoordinatorEnglish and History Teacher
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. When not at school (and often when she is), Tara enjoys music, theater, tennis, and board games (the louder and faster, the better!). Tara lives in Holyoke with her husband and young son, and they love to travel and go on adventures, big and small. She’s looking forward to all the adventures MacDuffie will hold.
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Jennifer Rogers
Jennifer Rogers College CounselorEnglish 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. Jen holds BSc in Secondary Education/English from the University of Rhode Island and MEd from Boston University. As a native of Rhode Island, she loves spending her summers on the beaches there with her family. Currently, she lives in East Longmeadow with her husband and their son and daughter. In her spare time, Jen enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and cheering on the Patriots!

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Jennifer Rogers College CounselorEnglish 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. Jen holds BSc in Secondary Education/English from the University of Rhode Island and MEd from Boston University. As a native of Rhode Island, she loves spending her summers on the beaches there with her family. Currently, she lives in East Longmeadow with her husband and their son and daughter. In her spare time, Jen enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and cheering on the Patriots!

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Daniel Taravella
Daniel Taravella Latin TeacherHistory 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.

He feels particularly suited to teaching Latin and History because he spends an inordinate amount of time living in the past.  Despite this, he bases his personal outlook on the words of Nick Charles in the 1934 film The Thin Man: “Don’t kid yourself. THESE are the good old days.”

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Daniel Taravella Latin TeacherHistory 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.

He feels particularly suited to teaching Latin and History because he spends an inordinate amount of time living in the past.  Despite this, he bases his personal outlook on the words of Nick Charles in the 1934 film The Thin Man: “Don’t kid yourself. THESE are the good old days.”

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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

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Dennis Wilcox
Dennis Wilcox Mathematics Teacher

BA, Skidmore College

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Dennis Wilcox Mathematics Teacher

BA, Skidmore College