Our program is designed to make students feel safe, supported, and engaged.

Life at The Ethel Walker Middle School is rooted in community — built in and out of the classroom.

Whether waking up on campus or arriving at school at 7:30 a.m. to enjoy breakfast with friends before the first class of the day, Walker’s Middle School students’ days are filled with activities that are both developmental and fun.

The goal of Walker’s student life program is to make students feel safe, supported, and engaged. There are a variety that students engage in the life of the school and with each other, from inclusive lunch options in the dining hall to weekend activities that serve all Middle School students.

Our Middle School student life program pays special attention to the unique developmental needs of young teen-aged girls, helping them balance a growing desire for independence with the necessity of adult involvement and supervision.

Middle School Dining

Not Just a Place to Break Bread

Every Tuesday, lunch is much more than a meal. It’s a time for the Middle School community to gather in advisory groups to catch up on all the latest news, plan for the upcoming week, and listen to Middle School Fab Five leaders share announcements about birthdays, awards, or shoutouts for a job well done. Every Tuesday students connect here — with each other and with faculty.

Students in the Middle School may eat three meals a day in Abra’s Dining Hall, whether they are boarding or day students. Meals are well-balanced with plenty of healthy and comfort selections on the menu, while catering to everyone’s personal dietary needs.

Weekend Life

Weekend Activities feature events both on-campus, where students deepen their relationship with each other and with on-campus faculty and upper school students, and off-campus, where students connect with the larger middle school community. All Middle School students have an opportunity to have fun and engage socially within and beyond our community where they can discover new passions and pursue pastimes they already enjoy.

Activities are designed with Middle School students in mind. Off-campus weekend activities include trips to the movies, museum visits, and outings to historical sights. There are seasonal offerings too, including winter skiing and tubing, attending a Spring Flower Show, or picking apples and pumpkins in the fall. There is fun to be had on-campus, such as baking with a dorm parent or “dive-in” movies at the Centennial pool. Students also attend social and community service events with other schools, including mini-golf, laser tag, and our end-of-year Eighth Grade Social.

Meet the Middle School Boarding Faculty

Mallory Pasquariello

Director of Residential Life and Student Activities

Mallory Pasquariello


B.A., Roger Williams University
M.A., University of Leicester

Mallory is a graduate of Roger Williams University with a bachelor’s degree in art history and a triple minor in architecture, business management and English literature. She also has an M.A. in Museum Studies through the distance learning program at the University of Leicester. Previously, Mallory served as teller supervisor and customer service representative for Northwest Community Bank in New Hartford where she has gained a wealth of experience in customer service and organization. Here at Walker’s, Mallory serves as the assistant to the Dean’s Office and is the coordinator of student permissions and attendance in the Upper School. She is also a house faculty member in the New Dorm.

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Corina Alvarezdelugo

Art Teacher and Gallery Director

Corina Alvarezdelugo


B.F.A., Albertus Magnus College
M.F.A., Lesley University

Venezuelan-American artist and educator Corina S. Alvarezdelugo was born in Valencia, Venezuela. She studied at Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut, had formal art training with Venezuelan painter and sculptor Luis Alvarez de Lugo, and earned a BFA in studio art with Honors and Distinction from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, while raising her three children. She received her MFA in Visual Arts at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with a Strauch-Mosse Merit Scholarship.

Ms. Corina, as her students call her, has years of experience working in different media and techniques that her students benefit from, including drawing, painting, mixed media, fiber art, printmaking, and 3D design sculpture and installation. Her artwork has been shown in galleries and museums in South America, the Caribbean, and in the USA, including the prestigious Salmagundi Club in New York City. Ms. Corina’s work has been published in numerous publications and has been featured on Spotlight on the Arts on Connecticut Public Television (Piece nominated for an Emmy award). She has won awards from major organizations in Connecticut and New York, as well as an artist-in residency at the Vermont Studio Center with a Merit-based Grant. She was also a 2019 artist-in residency at RUC (Residency for Contemporary Artists) in the Italian Alps, EU.

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Dr. Melissa Bernardo

Science Faculty

Dr. Melissa Bernardo


B.A., Eastern Connecticut State University
Ph.D., Wesleyan University

Melissa joined Walker’s in 2017 after completing her Ph.D. in Biology from Wesleyan University. Her dissertation dealt with nutrient-mediated manipulation of host-feeding behavior by a parasitoid. Melissa has taught a range of topics at the university level and brings her knowledge and enthusiasm to Walker’s chemistry, biology and environmental science classes. She also coaches volleyball and softball.

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Katelyn Martinez

Katelyn Martinez

Middle School Administrative Assistant and Activities Coordinator

Katelyn Martinez


B.F.A., University of Hartford

Ms. Martinez is the Middle School administrative coordinator and activities coordinator and she joins Walker’s from her previous role as an assistant teacher for Horizons at The Ethel Walker School, and as our school’s art intern in past summers. She also joins as Walker’s newest dorm faculty member. Ms. Martinez is a recent graduate from the University of Hartford; she holds a B.F.A.

Ms. Martinez has an impressive portfolio of original artwork that has been accepted and shown in key exhibits including ARIE Magazine and the Goldfarb exhibition.

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