The Roby House on Durham Road is the Scholars’ home away from home. It is a warm, comfortable, and secure place where they enjoy friendship, share meals, study, and sleep. A basketball game on the outside court provides a perfect outlet to unwind and release energy.
Originally from South Pasadena, California, and raised in Dover, Massachusetts, Laura D’Aiello has been Resident Director at the Roby House since January 2017. A successful project manager for United Technologies prior to joining Madison ABC, Laura is a natural at running a high-functioning team of thriving students. She brings experience, wisdom, and compassion to the program on a daily basis. In her free time, Laura enjoys hiking and camping; she’s also an avid crossword puzzler and ACT II volunteer.
MARVIN “TRE” BAKER III
We are pleased to welcome Marvin “Tre” Baker III as the new Resident Assistant of Madison ABC. A 2020 graduate of Mitchell College in New London, Tre was recruited to play basketball and majored in Sport and Fitness Management. Tre is from Pensacola, Florida; as part of a military family, he also lived in several other states and England while growing up. He is passionate about basketball, fitness, and working with young people. He is looking forward to getting to know our Scholars and to serving as a role model for them.
Charles Montesanto, who lives in Old Lyme, joined ABC as Cook in January 2017. Prior to that, he worked as a chef at the Grove School in Madison for 14 years. Charles says what he likes most about cooking for our Scholars is showing them that the same foods can be prepared in many different ways, and exposing them to foods of different cultures. He appreciates cooking for the boys as much as they appreciate having him there. Charles also enjoys kayaking, spending time with his family, and doing home projects.
From Our Alumni
The experience of the ABC program positively shaped a 14 year old kid into the person I am today. Thank you to all my resident directors, tutors, and volunteers of Madison ABC.
~ Joshua Kissoon
Madison ABC Alumnus | DHHS ’87 | Major US Marine Corps
As Resident Director, I’m responsible for the day to day safety of the Scholars and have overall responsibility for the Roby House. I coordinate with Tre and with our Cook, Charles, to make sure they have what they need and ensure the house is running smoothly and the Scholars have the best environment possible for living and learning. I don’t work outside of the house so I am a consistent presence for the Scholars and am available to drive them to after school activities. We are lucky at Roby House to have a large backyard so we can have a two-net basketball court and a full volleyball court.
The Scholars catch the bus at the end of the driveway at around 6:50 in the morning and return home from school at 2:20. After school, Scholars participate in sports practice and games, clubs, and other activities or they just relax until dinner at 6:00. The Scholars who are on kitchen and dining room duty clean up after dinner and then we have study hours from 7:00 to 9:30. Wednesday night is chore night so we end study hours early and the Scholars each clean the section of the house they are responsible for that week. After school and on weekends, the Scholars also enjoy playing basketball and volleyball at the house, as well as Corn Hole, Kan Jam, Spike Ball, and working out with our complete set of free weights.
Study Hours are mandatory because we believe in helping the Scholars continue to develop good academic habits. Every night after dinner, the Scholars settle in front of their computers and get to work on their academics, whether it’s writing a paper, studying for a test, or just doing homework. Daniel Hand is a very rigorous high school and helping the Scholars adjust academically is critical. Study Hours are also an investment in academic habits that the Scholar can take to college.
As the Resident Assistant, I am there not only to supervise but also to offer guidance on study techniques, writing techniques, and overall encouragement. The Scholars will often ask me for help if they are stuck on an assignment. I’m able to share strategies that made me successful when I was in college.
Every night I prepare a dinner for the boys that is healthy and well balanced. The Scholars enjoy the benefit of a set dinner together every night. Nightly dinner is a challenge for a lot of families these days, but at Madison ABC the boys relish dinner together as a family with the Resident Director and Resident Assistant.
Hmmm … that’s a tough one! They definitely love the desserts and sometimes I’ll make an extra meal that they can eat on the weekends, so I think they love when I surprise them with that!