Track & Field - Varsity Girls
The 2018 season was another successful one for the Girls' Track & Field Team. The girls won the ISL Championship for the 19th year in a row and the NEPSTA D. II Championship again. Cassie Kearney was voted Girls MVP Runner and Boston Globe All Scholastic. Cassie won the 1500 and 800, shattering the ISL records in both and anchored the winning 4x400m relay.
Coach Jeff Browne 500 wins at Thayer:
|Anna Huycke (captain)||2018|
|Cassidy Kearney (captain)||2018|
|Morgan Langenhagen (captain)||2018|
|Katherine Stanwood (captain)||2018|
|Emma Steffan (captain)||2018|
|Loan Anh Tran||2018|
|Ann Catherine Wichern||2021|
Jeffrey BrowneHead Coach
Steven BranfmanSteven Branfman has been a coach, advisor, and pottery teacher at Thayer Academy since 1978. He has been an independent studio potter since 1975 and enjoys an international reputation as a potter, writer, and teacher. He is the founder of The Potters Shop & School, a gallery, school, workshop, bookstore, and his studio, in Needham MA. Mr. Branfman’s Raku ware (a pottery technique with its origins in 16th century Japan and the tea ceremony, characterized by fast firing and quick cooling of the ware) has appeared in more than 150 exhibitions around the U.S. and internationally. He is the author of Raku: A Practical Approach, The Potters Professional Handbook, and Mastering Raku: Making Ware-Glazes-Building Kilns-Firing, and writes regularly for international craft and pottery magazines and journals. Prior to teaching at Thayer, Steven taught in several public school systems and at the college level. He is a sought after guest lecturer, having presented workshops of his pottery forming, glazing, and firing techniques all over the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Europe. "My goals in the design of the pottery program reflect the general philosophy I have towards teaching craft and art... to expose the students to a hands on craft experience, to heighten their awareness of art and craft objects around them, and to educate them regarding artists and craftspeople and their desire, drive, and need to create art and craft objects. Steven is an accomplished acoustic guitar player and singer, and an active skier, cyclist, soccer, and basketball player. He lives in Newton with his wife Ellen and dog Bruno.
Larry CarlsonLarry J. Carlson has been teaching and coaching at Thayer Academy for many years. Before arriving to teach, he supervised a dormitory and several athletic activities at a boarding school for students with special needs in Vermont. Since then, he has been active in many aspects of campus life, including academics, athletics, the arts, community government, foreign travel and exchanges, advising students and, most recently, the Thayer Academy Archives. At present, he teaches United States history and Modern European history, but has taught courses on various other subjects, including Russian and Soviet history, Western Political theory and philosophy and World War II. He coaches both football and track and field and performs music annually on Thayer's stage (in the past with his own children, all of whom attended and graduated from the Academy). As the Academy’s Archivist, he helps to preserve and maintain the school's history and traditions by managing the Wentworth Archives (which continues to grow), supervising exhibits, making educational presentations, and participating from time to time in such school events as Founders Day. As have all faculty members at Thayer, he has been Advisor to a small group of students, most often in the 11th grade, but also in other grades. Music, history, athletics and traveling throughout the world remain a big part of his life when not at Thayer. Being a former rugby player and sailor; a regular performer at a local living history museum and, at one time, a member of the cast of King Richard's Faire; and presently a soloist for two performing chorales and a member of two smaller a capella groups, as well as a gardener, beekeeper and an avid reader has and continues to afford him a rich and busy life.
Eleanor Brennan HallNellie Brennan Hall is Associate Director of College Counseling. Before coming to Thayer in 2014, she spent eight years in admission at Brown University. Nellie began her career as a high school teacher in Memphis, TN. She has also been an Educational Advisor at The Educational Resources Institute (TERI) in Boston. Nellie received her master's degree in Higher Education from Harvard University and her master's degree in Secondary Education from the University of Notre Dame. She also has a bachelor's degree in History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University. A Chicago area native, Nellie is married and has a young daughter and son. She enjoys running, traveling, and going on "adventures" with her children.
Carol-Ann SchneiderA New Hampshire native, Callie comes to Thayer after five years of experience at independent schools in New England and Florida. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Latin and Classical civilizations from Wheaton College (MA), where she was also a member of the women's basketball team. In addition to teaching Latin at Thayer, Callie coaches the girls' varsity volleyball and girls' middle school basketball teams and assists in coaching the track and field teams. Callie also serves as a freshman advisor. When not teaching, Callie is passionate about learning and traveling; she has studied and traveled extensively in the United States, Greece, Italy, France, Spain, and Peru. She particularly enjoys learning languages and experiencing different cultures.