Macy Holly

Macy, Holly



Director of College Counseling - College Counseling

Loomis Chaffee School
B.A. University of Vermont

During college I began to realize the benefits that I gained from attending a boarding school. I was ready for college level work, I had solid study habits, and I felt comfortable trying new activities and balancing work and fun. The mentoring, the education, the diverse student body, and the athletics of my high school pushed me to be a better person. It was while I was studying aboard in France during junior year of college that I decided I wanted to work in a boarding school. I have not regretted this chosen career path once.

After spending a year teaching at a larger boarding school, I stepped onto Dublin School's campus to interview in the spring of 1995. Just like many of our students will say, I had that "gut" feeling about this small school. I wanted in. After seven years teaching French in the little red school house on campus, I switched hats and took on college counseling. This position has pushed me to grow in new ways. I continue to attend summer institutes and travel to college campuses to further develop the skills necessary to counsel families through the college admission process.

My husband and two children and I reside in a home we built in the town of Dublin when we moved off campus in 2001. We all enjoy alpine and Nordic skiing, hiking in the Oregon Cascades, and caring for our large veggie and flower gardens. My children can not wait to be old enough to become Dubliners themselves.

What book has made you think the most? What is the What by Dave Eggers

How would your friends describe you in three words? Reliable, organized, competitive.

What is your favorite place on campus and why? My favorite place on Dublin School's campus is the top of Oslo ski trail at the Nordic Center. I love mountains and I particularly love ascending them. I have spent my life backpacking, and my most memorable days in the wilderness have been the ones in which I have summitted a peak. I relish the moments of looking up at a goal ahead. I enjoy stopping along the way to check on my progress and take stake of my surroundings. As the summit approaches, I love the feeling of the final physical push it takes to reach the top. Once there, taking time to look around at the expansive view that I earned from my hard work is an unmatchable feeling. Nordic skiing to the top of Oslo is similar for me. From the top of Oslo the open view to the east or a sunset viewing through the trees to the west is inspiring, refreshing, and rewarding.

If I had a free afternoon I would... During a free afternoon I would split the time between working in my garden and taking a long run.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? My favorite outdoor activity is trail running. Running is a way for me to relax, to think without interruption, and to stay in shape. I have passions for hiking and skiing, but trail running takes less preparation and gear.