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MIDDLE SCHOOL LIFE

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

Mallory Pasquariello

Director of Residential Life and Student Activities

Mallory Pasquariello

 860-408-4237

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 Director of Residential Life and Student Activities. She is also a housefaculty member in New Dorm.

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Dr. Melissa Bernardo

Science Faculty

Dr. Melissa Bernardo

 860-408-4328

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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Tavia Lee-Goldstein

Tavia Lee-Goldstein

Director of Communications and Marketing

Tavia Lee-Goldstein

 860-408-4393

B.A., University of New Hampshire
M.B.A., University of New Hampshire Whittemore School of Business and Economics

Tavia, a New England native, joined Walker’s in 2022 after serving many years as Director of Communications for an independent middle and high school in Houston, TX. In addition to her time in school communications and marketing, she has taught communications, film, theatre, and business & economics at the high school and college levels. She also spent five years directing an academic summer program for high school students. Tavia has an extensive film portfolio which focuses on short-form documentaries and also includes nationally distributed feature-length documentaries and television commercials. She and her family live on campus.

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Karim Mabrouk

Karim Mabrouk

French Faculty

Karim Mabrouk

 860-408-4314

B.A., Iona College
M.A., UConn

Karim joins Walker’s faculty on a full-time basis this year as a member of the World Languages faculty specializing in French; previously he served on the faculty on a part-time basis. Karim will teach French 1B, 2, and 4 this academic year. He is fluent in French and Arabic and has focused some of his work on teaching French for diplomacy and international affairs. Previously, Karim was a Graduate Fellow and Visiting Lecturer at Trinity College (Hartford, CT), an instructor at Yale University, and he held various teaching and administrative roles at the University of Connecticut. He is a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) at the University of Connecticut in French Language & Literature. He holds Master of Arts degrees from UConn in both International Studies and French Culture Language & Literature and a Graduate Certificate in Human Rights Studies. Karim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in both International and French Studies from Iona College. Karim is a JV soccer coach and will coach swimming in the winter.

John Monagan

John Monagan

Interim Athletic Director, History Faculty

John Monagan

 860-408-4290

B.A., Johns Hopkins University
M.S., Drexel University

John Monagan grew up in Waterbury, Connecticut, where he attended Chase Collegiate School from 6th-12th grade. From Waterbury, John headed south to attend Johns Hopkins University, where he majored in history. After four enjoyable years in Baltimore, John’s years in private school led him to The Ethel Walker School, where he taught history and English. John spent his first four years at Walker’s teaching 6th-9th grade history and 6th-7th grade English. He has also spent time running student activities. John earned his Master of Science degree from Drexel University in Sports Management while working at Walker’s. He previously served as Walker’s Athletic Director for nine years and continues to teach in the history department. John is the head coach of the varsity basketball and softball teams and lives on campus with his wife and daughter.

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Randall Sho Northrop

History Department Chair, History Faculty

Randall Sho Northrop

 860-408-4304

B.A., Saint Michael’s College
M.A., Oxford University

Randall joins Walker’s from Beaver Country Day School in Brookline, MA, where he taught Global History and Social Sciences. At Beaver, Randall also served as the grade dean for 9th and 10th grades, facilitated students of color and affinity groups, and coached the BVR Model UN team. Raised in Okinawa, Japan, he is passionate that students see themselves as a part of an interconnected local and global community, full of rich and complex narratives.

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