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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

Administrative Assistant to the Dean's Office

860-408-4237

Mallory Pasquariello

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.

Corina Alvarezdelugo

Art Teacher and Gallery Director

860-408-4261

Corina Alvarezdelugo

Corina S. Alvarezdelugo is originally from Venezuela where she received formal training in drawing and painting with the Venezuelan master painter and sculptor, Luis Alvarez de Lugo. As a young adult, she studied at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, and later on earned her B.F.A. with Honors and Distinction from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven while raising her three children. Corina served as art teacher at St. Mary School in Branford for two years, where she designed their Visual Arts curriculum. While there, she earned the school a REGI Grant and was in charge of the project from beginning to fruition. Corina also led their Art Club and co-led their Arts Summer Camp.

Corina works in various media from drawing and painting to printmaking and sculpture. Her work 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. Her work has been published in numerous publications and she has been featured on Spotlight on the Arts on the TV Magazine, All Things Connecticut on CPTV. Corina 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. Corina is an accomplished gardener and a member of the Gardening Consultant Council of the Federated Garden Clubs of CT. She co-advises the Garden Club and runs the afternoon Arts Concentration program.

Melissa Bernardo

Science Faculty

860-408-4328

Melissa Bernardo

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.
Todd DAlessandro

Todd David D'Alessandro P'19

Spanish Faculty, Director of Summer Programs

860-408-4312

Todd David D'Alessandro P'19

Todd graduated from The University of Connecticut and entered the business world. While working for name brands such as Hertz, Banfield, and Pfizer, he found that speaking two languages gave him a strong connection with the teams he managed and clients he called on. Todd has always had a strong desire to teach and guide tomorrow’s leaders, so he jumped at the chance to be a part of the Walker’s community. Todd also leads the varsity soccer program as head coach. He was an All New England player at Farmington High, All Big East selection at UConn, was drafted by the Boston Bolts of The ASL, and played semi professionally for The Lowell Red Devils of the LASA League.