Ted Koskores became the 8th headmaster of Thayer Academy in July 2003. A 1970 graduate of Thayer, he is the first alumnus to sit in the Headmaster's chair. Ted holds an undergraduate degree in history from Boston University and a master's degree in American Studies from Columbia University. Prior to returning to Thayer, he taught in international schools in Greece and Iran; taught history, coached, and chaired the interdisciplinary department at Rye Country Day School in New York; and served as upper school Director at Charlotte (NC) Country Day School. Ted and his wife, Karen, who teaches art and is the Director of the Thayer Gallery, have two children, both of whom graduated from Thayer.
Middle School Director
In addition to running Thayer Academy Middle School, Carson Smith also heads the Middle School history department, teaches 8th grade American History, and coaches Middle School football. Prior to coming to Thayer, Carson was Dean of Students at The Derryfield School in Manchester, New Hampshire for seven years, where he also taught Civics and American History, and coached the basketball, tennis, and varsity cross-country teams. Carson previously taught at Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan, New Hampshire, serving as a department chair, teacher, dorm parent, and football, basketball, and tennis coach, as well as an administrator during the summer session. He has also served on the Portsmouth, New Hampshire school board. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Connecticut College and his Master of Arts in Social Studies Education from the Teachers College, Columbia University. Carson's hobbies include running and politics. He lives in Braintree with his wife, Amy Howell, and their three children.
Upper School Director, Upper School Class Dean 2021
An independent school educator for more than 20 years, Highley feels "right at home" as Upper School Director at Thayer, having attended the co-ed, 6th-12th-grade independent Severn School in Maryland. An English major and a member of a national champion lacrosse team at Princeton University, Highley spent the first two years of his teaching career at his old school as a middle school math and Latin teacher, while also coaching girls’ soccer and boys’ lacrosse. After earning his master’s degree in education from the University of Virginia, Mr. Thompson returned to Severn School and taught English, ethics, and algebra in the upper school for 14 years, also coaching boys’ soccer and lacrosse. In his time at Severn, he served as Dean of Students, Academic Dean, and Upper School Head. After a two-year stint as Director of the upper school and Assistant Headmaster at Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, Mr. Thompson joined the Thayer staff in the summer of 2011. He lives in Braintree with his wife, Anne, and their two children, son Garner (Thayer Class of 2020) and daughter Virginia (Thayer Class of 2023).
Rick joined the Thayer staff after serving 25 years in the athletics department at the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, where he coached football and hockey, and was the varsity baseball coach for 19 years, and served as the Athletic Director for 12 years. Rick earned his bachelor'a degree from Brandeis University where he was a four-year member of the varsity baseball team. During his free time Rick enjoys golfing, skiing, fitness and the beach. Rick, his wife, and their children Grace and James live in Plymouth, MA.
Director of Development
As an alumna of Thayer, Melissa rejoined Thayer in the summer of 2014. Following Thayer she attended the University of Vermont where she earned a BA in Psychology. She came to Thayer with more than 15 years of experience in non-profit development. Her previous roles include Director of Development for Partners Continuing Care and the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, Director of Major Gifts for Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Director of Major Gifts for Horizons for Homeless Children and Director of Major Gifts for Walker. In that time Melissa worked on capital campaigns that resulted in the building of the state-of-the-art new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, a new headquarters for Horizons for Homeless Children in Roxbury and a campus expansion at Walker. Prior to working in development, Melissa worked as a counselor for homeless and runaway teens at Bridge Over Troubled Waters and also sold residential real estate in Boston. The youngest of four sisters who all graduated from Thayer – Whitney Presutti ’85, Kelley Tuthill ’88 and Tracey Buckeridge ’90 – Melissa often says she grew up here. She spent many of the afternoons of her youth on the fields or in the gymnasiums watching her sisters compete in sports until she was able to enter as a sixth grader. Happy to be back, Melissa currently resides in Hingham with her husband and three children.
Director of Communications
Joanna graduated from Thayer Academy in 1986. She received her B.A. magna cum laude in Fine Arts from Harvard and her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. For more than 10 years, Joanna worked as an independent marketing consultant for companies ranging from small startups to major corporations, with a focus on digital marketing and web design. Her clients included Gillette, Procter & Gamble, P.F. Chang’s, Fidelity, and the Harvard Innovation Lab. Prior to starting her consulting practice, Joanna was the Senior Vice President for North American Marketing at Sotheby’s in New York, and was part of the leadership team that developed and launched Sotheby's online auction sites, including joint ventures with Amazon and eBay. She brings her deep appreciation of the Thayer culture to her role as Director of Communications, as she seeks to provide a compelling introduction to Thayer for prospective students and families, ongoing support for current students and families, and increased opportunities for engagement for alumni. Joanna lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.
Director of Information Technology
Theresa Rubico Jay is the Director of Technology at Thayer Academy. Theresa first worked as a computer processing chip designer before entering the education field. In 1997 Theresa became the Director of Technology in Arlington Public Schools and next served as Technology Director at Xaverian Brothers High School where she designed and built a digital language lab and started an Internet radio station. When she joined Thayer Academy in 2011 she executed a student iPad program which advanced into a MacBook Air program. As Technology Director she mentors Technology Fellows, directs an innovation tech center, and has designed a cloud mobile strategy. She has devoted her tech director career to creating playful learning environments showcasing emerging technologies. Theresa holds a B.S. E.E. from Boston University and a M.Ed from UMass Boston. She is the Vice-President of Massachusetts Educational Technology Administrators Association (METAA) and chairs the CTO Clinic committee. She is also a member of Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), Association for Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS), MassCUE and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).
After growing up in Ireland, Bill came to the United States in 1976 and is now a naturalized citizen. With a background of financial management in the corporate world, he has been an independent school Business Manager since 1995. Previously, he served as volunteer Treasurer at the Advent School in Boston. Bill has been active with Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts since 2000, as a Board Member and Treasurer, and currently as a member of their finance committee. A former volunteer walking tour guide for Boston By Foot, he lives on the North End waterfront and enjoys yoga, swimming, and reading novels.
Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity; Director of International Enrollment
Jenn joined Thayer in 2010 as the Associate Director of Admissions and Director of International Programs. She oversees international student enrollment, from the application process and host family management, to supporting the international students and their families during their time at Thayer Academy. Jenn works closely with Thayer students as a faculty advisor for the OMEGA diversity club and leads the Senior Project trip to China. She also coached the girls hockey team for 4 years. Prior to arriving at Thayer, Jenn was an admissions associate at The Steppingstone Foundation, working with students and families in the greater Boston area. She has also worked as a national diversity trainer at Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society and has taught in the Boston Public Schools and as an AmeriCorps volunteer. She attended the Loomis Chaffee School and the University of Vermont, where she played for the UVM women's ice hockey team. Over the last 15 years, she has been committed to helping young people from diverse backgrounds in their quest for educational success.
Director of Admissions
Jon is Thayer’s Director of Admissions and a Financial Aid Officer, positions he has held for 23 years. After attending an independent day school, and then Harvard University, Middlebury College (Bread Loaf School of English), and Harvard Graduate School of Education. Jon’s academic career has included teaching English, coaching soccer, basketball, and rowing, and living in a dormitory at three New England boarding schools.As a freshman advisor, he works closely with a group of eight freshmen each year, assisting them in their transition, including their freshman orientation at Camp Bournedale; checking in with them daily to support their endeavors; and communicating with their parents about their progress. Jon has also taught seminars for juniors in college essay writing and has coached Middle School tennis in the spring. Jon enjoys talking with young people interested in Thayer and hearing about their experiences, interests, and aspirations. Jon's wife Deb teaches and coaches at an independent elementary school. Their two sons Ben ’09 and Jonathan Traylor ("T") ’11 and their daughter Mollie ’15 are all Thayer Academy graduates.