Delaware educator is chosen to head Friends School of Baltimore


The Friends School of Baltimore has named Matthew Micciche as head of the Quaker private school, its board of trustees announced yesterday.

Micciche, assistant head of school for academics at the Wilmington Friends School in Delaware, will assume his new job July 1 when the current head of school, Lila B. Lohr, steps down after three years.

"My wife and I are very excited about all that's coming starting July," Micciche said yesterday.

Micciche, 33, has been an English teacher and administrator at the Wilmington Friends School since 1995. He earned a bachelor's degree from Amherst College in 1993 and a master's degree in teaching from Tufts University in 1995.

At the Wilmington school, Micciche has served in numerous capacities, including head of the English department, college counselor and head of the upper school. Since 2002, he has been directing curriculum development for prekindergarten through 12th-grade students while teaching high school English and humanities courses.

"Pretty much when I walked into the door, I knew it was right for me," Micciche said of Wilmington. "Since then, a lot of what made it a right fit was the Quaker elements. That was the reason why the position in Baltimore was so attractive to me."

Like Wilmington, the Friends School of Baltimore provides children with an education based on Quaker values, including tolerance, equality, truth and peace.

"I'll bring a strong understanding of why it's so important for us to maintain those principles and constantly ask ourselves whether we're living [the] philosophy on a daily basis," Micciche said.

Micciche, who grew up outside Boston, said he also would like to build on the Baltimore school's reputation as a strong academic and community-focused institution.

"It's really rare [when] an opportunity to lead a school like that comes along," he said.

Katherine A. Hearn, chairwoman of the school's board of trustees, who served on the eight-member search committee, said members were impressed with Micciche's administrative and academic experience. Micciche also holds a master's degree in English from Middlebury College in Vermont.

"First and foremost, his experience at Wilmington Friends School, very similar in size and structure to Friends School of Baltimore, was very much what we were looking for as head of school," Hearn said.

Micciche said he and his wife, Frances, are looking forward to raising their 1-year-old son, Peter, in Baltimore.

"One of the things that was attractive to us as a family was how much culture there is in Baltimore -- all the wonderful places we imagined taking our son to," he said.

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