By Tammer Bagdasarian ’20
Math teacher Matthew Maring was awarded the Middle School’s Rascoff Fellowship for the 2015-2016 school year. Maring first came to the school in 1997 and has taught numerous courses since his arrival, including Algebra, Geometry and Precalculus.
When Justin Rascoff ‘91 passed away in a car accident in June 1991, two days before his high school graduation, his family created the Rascoff Fellowship in his name. Rascoff had always wondered how members of the then-Harvard faculty could afford to have the summer experiences that students did. To honor Rascoff, a sum of money is awarded every year to an extraordinary teacher at the Middle School and the High School to allow them to travel over the summer.
Maring said that he was extremely grateful when he found out that he had received the Fellowship.
“Clearly, I was very excited when I received the Fellowship, but mostly I was just really grateful to the family and to the school for the recognition. There was money on top of it, but I was far more grateful for the recognition of hard work,” Maring said.
Maring did not use the grant this past summer. He said that he had several things to take care of, but will most likely use it next summer. Maring said he does not think of himself as the traveling type and has travelled only once in the last several years.
“I think that the Fellowship will encourage me to travel. The grant lets me and teachers like me throw caution to the wind and feel less guilty about doing things that we wouldn’t normally do,” Maring said.
Maring doesn’t yet know where he will travel, but he said that he would be excited to go to South America or the Scandinavian area, as he has never been there.
History teacher John Corsello was very close with Rascoff and taught him for three years. Corsello received the fellowship in 1994 and spoke at Rascoff’s funeral.
“I think that the Fellowship has achieved the goal of helping teachers travel without financial worries. All of the winners have been very worthy of the award and I think that Justin would be very happy with what the fellowship has done,”Corsello said.