Andrew Rebello ’10, Vice Principal at B.M.C. Durfee High School
“My experience at Merrimack College has shaped my view of the working world, and helped me recognize my passion for understanding human development.”
Entering freshman year with an undecided major, Andrew took exploratory courses in hopes to identify a career interest. After taking Psychology 101, he became fascinated with human behavior, and decided to declare his major in Psychology. During his senior year he completed a year-long residency with the Key Program in Methuen, Mass. As a residential counselor, he developed an interest in working with high school students and their stage of personal development, which laid the groundwork for a career in school counseling and administration.
“I worked troubled youth and their families to develop positive life skills, behaviors and life practices. Without this experience, I would have never decided to pursue school counseling and education.”
After graduation, Andrew attended Frostburg State University in Frostburg, MD. completing a Masters of Education in School Counseling. He accepted his first position at Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School as a school counselor, where he remained for three years. In 2015, Andrew completed a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Administration at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He now serves as the Vice Principal of BMC Durfee High school in Fall River Mass., where he is responsible for the academic, personal, and socio-emotional development of students.
How did your experience at Merrimack help you as a professional?
One of the most influential experiences at Merrimack was playing NCAA Division II football. Playing all four years, our teams won the 2006 and 2009 Northeast-10 Championships. Playing Merrimack football taught me more about life than anything else has. It taught me leadership, discipline and how to set goals. It taught me accountability, how to fight through adversity, and how to sacrifice.
What is the best advice you could give current Merrimack students?
Enjoy every second, from the long hours at McQuade to Sunday brunch at the dining hall – enjoy it all. You’ll never again be surrounded by all your best friends and have the freedom you currently have as a college student. My friends from college are still the friends I have today. Learn and grow. There are so many incredible faculty members at Merrimack that want you to reach your full potential and have a great life. I will never forget Father Jim who helped me see the big picture in life. He is an incredible mentor and friend. Never forget the values and ethics that Merrimack instills in you through its traditions and course work; they will help you no matter what you pursue after college.
What is your Favorite Merrimack memory?
In 2009, we beat our rival, Bentley University, at home to win the Northeast-10 championship. It was one of the most gratifying and special feelings of my life. Celebrating with our team and coaches after the game is something I will never forget.