Middle School teams are more developmental in nature and playing on a team offers not only a chance to enjoy the sport, but also a valuable participatory experience for each athlete. This applies to all team members from standouts to substitutes who play a supporting role. In keeping with the Thayer philosophy that athletics are an integral part of a student’s curriculum, students should plan their participation with the help of their advisors – this discussion will help everyone gain a better understanding of each child’s overall school program. All Middle School participants are expected to receive fairly equal playing time over the course of the entire season. All team information is available via www.thayer.org/TeamSchedules.
Mike Davis is going on his 10th season as the Head Coach for Boys' Varsity Tennis. Mike has 30 years of experience teaching tennis at all different levels including 10 & under, Juniors, Adults and Teams. Mike is currently the Director of Tennis experience at the Weymouth Club. He holds certifications including: USRSA Certification, Exercise Science 1 & 2 certification, PTR Certified:10 and Under, 11-17 and Adult, PTR Certified Adult Clinician.
Natalie Young teaches science at the middle school. She taught 7th grade and 8th grade science and 8th grade math in a part time capacity for six year. She has been teaching 7th and 8th grade science in a full time capacity for the past 5 years. Natalie did her undergraduate studies in Zoology at UMASS/Amherst while also earning a secondary education teaching license. She earned a Master of Education degree in Secondary Education from Salem State College. Natalie taught high school Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math at several public high schools before taking time off to have her two children. During her sabbatical from the classroom, Natalie continued her role as an educator as a private tutor and stayed current with teaching practices with various online courses and professional development opportunities. Along with her teaching responsibilities, Natalie also leads the Science Cafe program and advises the yearbook at the middle school as well as coaches the middle school fitness/tennis activity in the spring.