The Tobin School

Wishing All the Best to Matt Coughlin

Matt CoughlinWe are sad to share that after 26 years of amazing service to our Tobin community, Matt Coughlin is retiring to follow his dream of owning a farm up in Maine. Matt and his partner, Darren, have purchased a large farm in Maine and are excited to start this next chapter of their lives. Matt is also hoping to expand his current animal menagerie with pigs, sheep, goats, and maybe even an emu!

Matt joined us in 1998 when he brought his amazing gifts with children and animals to Tobin Aferschool. As time went on, Matt’s role grew to also include offering animal science classes to all early childhood programs at the Tobin Children’s School, The Tobin School, Westwood Children’s School, The Tobin School Westwood, and the Tobin Beaudet Schools. As time went on, we even included a room dedicated to Matt and his animals when we moved our Tobin Afterschool to our location at 73 Cottage Street in Natick! Along the way he enriched the lives of thousands of children, families, and teachers. Matt’s role has truly been one-of-a-kind and he will surely be missed, and we want to thank Matt for all his unique contributions to our Tobin culture and community. It’s been a true pleasure to work with Matt over the years.

Matt’s last day at Tobin will be Friday, May 31st. Between now and then, he will continue in his usual role at Tobin Afterschool and continue with animal science for our early childhood students. We are planning a celebration of Matt’s years here on Friday, May 31st during our Tobin Afterschool hours. We know our Tobin students will all want to say their goodbyes, including former students. We invite you to take a moment to say goodbye to Matt and wish him well on his new adventure.

Matt has certainly been the key to our current animal science program here at Tobin and most of the animals in our Animal Science room belong to him. As we say goodbye to Matt we will be looking at ways to utilize this space into a Science/STEM lab for Tobin students to enjoy. We’ll share more about these plans as they are available.