About Suffield Academy Alpine Skiing Suffield Academy has one of the top alpine ski teams in southern New England. The team has successfully worked with experienced and new racers. The team trains daily at Ski Sundown in New Hartford, CT combining slalom and giant slalom training with on-campus strength and conditioning workouts. Video analysis of our own racers is also a regular component of our training program. Suffield's daily schedule permits the alpine ski team to maximize their on-snow training and racing time, without making any sacrifices to the demanding academic standards of the school. Students leave campus shortly after lunch and return before dinner. In addition to interscholastic racing, Suffield offers its athletes the opportunity to compete independently in races sanctioned by the Eastern Division of the United States Ski Association (USSA). Suffield's Boys' and girls' teams compete in the Brigham Ski League (BSL) and the Class A New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC), against opponents that include Berkshire, Loomis Chaffee, Salisbury and Taft. We race on Wednesdays at mountains including Ski Sundown, Butternut Basin, Mohawk, and Catamount. Both girls’ and boys’ teams represent Suffield at the New England Championships. Suffield racers have won or finished in the Top 10 in several of these championships during the past few years. Gould Academy will host the 2020 Class A NEPSAC Championships at Sunday River, ME on February 12.
Hillary plays a key role in helping her husband lead Suffield. She is the school photographer and creative director for Suffield’s Department of Marketing & Communications. She is the head alpine ski coach, oversees special events and leads programming in the Balance Barn, a space hosting activities focused on wellness and healthy living. Hillary’s father is David Rockwell ’58, a legendary former Suffield faculty member. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire where she competed as a Division I skier. In addition, she skied competitively in USSA events nationwide, and coached at the Holderness School and in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Hillary is a certified 200 hour Kripalu Yoga teacher. When not working, she loves relaxing at the family’s lake house in Harrison, Maine, and traveling around in her 1987 Westfalia Volkswagen van. She enjoys anything outside, including running, biking, gardening, hiking, taking photographs, paddleboarding, and spending time with family, friends, and their English Lab, Benner.
A native of Coventry, Connecticut, Annabelle teaches French at Suffield. Annabelle is a graduate of Gould Academy and Colby College, where she was a French major and music minor. During the fall of her junior year in college, she attended the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France. As part of her music minor, Annabelle studied concert piano and specialized in Renaissance vocal music. After graduating from Colby, she taught French as a Teaching Fellow at Phillips Academy Andover and as a sabbatical replacement at St. Johnsbury Academy. She was a member of several competitive choral groups and served as a piano accompanist. Annabelle is currently acquiring a master’s degree in French at Middlebury College.
Annabelle was an All-New England track and field athlete at Colby, competed at the NCAA National Track and Field Championships, and led the team twice as MVP. She is also a former FIS ski racer who won both the NEPSAC Class A and Class B Overall Slalom and Giant Slalom Championships. In addition to teaching French, Annabelle is a dorm associate and coach for the alpine ski and track and field teams. Annabelle lives in Bissell House with her dog Coda.