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.
Richard Iskra's main responsibility as a teacher, advisor and coach, is to build relationships with students, in which students can feel comfortable in developing themselves as communicators and competitors - as strong community members and steadfast teammates. Having studied the Classics and art at Williams College, as well as having played football and hockey for the Ephs, Mr. Iskra believes that participation in both the humanities - Latin especially - and in sports can promote ethical, cognitive, artistic and competitive growth.
Matthew Ghiden started as the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in 2022. He taught Grade 6 English, Social Studies, and Math at Thayer Academy since 2014 and has inhabited roles as MS Diversity Coordinator, Upper School and Middle School football coach, and Middle School boys lacrosse coach. After graduating from Amherst College, Matthew worked with English language learners in Concord, New Hampshire. He earned his Master's of Education from Harvard University. Matthew is originally from Dorchester and now lives there with his family. His hobbies include listening to music, writing, and hiking.