By Henry Jaques

Our health teacher and track coach, Matt Greear, went to the hospital in late September to be with his wife when she gave birth to their first child. Elliot Greear was born on September 29th at Midcoast Hospital in Brunswick, weighing 9 pounds, 5 ounces. Greear had been out of school since the end of September to the end of October.

When asked about how he reacted when his wife was in labor, Greear explained, “I think I was relatively calm. I knew she would be in labor for a long time, so I remained as calm as possible and finished what I was going over. She ended up in labor for 31 hours.”

Greear is very excited for his family’s new edition. Right now, Greear spends most of his time playing with his son. According to Greear, “I am most excited for being a dad in general. It’s not something I take lightly.”

Greear also added, “It is a terribly nerve-wracking. I want to be able to provide him with everything he needs, provide structure so he can thrive academically, physically, socially, mentally and spiritually.” Greear finished by saying “the pressure is really on to raise a good person.”

Greear’s new edition affected the cross country team, of which Greear is the coach, but not as much as one would expect. Cross country runner Tom Doyle remarked, “When Greear had his child, I think he showed up to every practice. He missed about two or three because he had to be with his wife when she was in labor, but other than that he showed up.” Doyle concluded by saying that, “Greear is one of the most dedicated coaches I’ve ever seen. Ever. His attendance shows extreme dedication to his team.”

Greear’s health class also underwent changes when Greear left. Sophomore Margaret Perrotta and student of Mr. Greear said, “We had to change the curriculum so the sub could do something she was comfortable with, but it’s been a smooth transition.” Perrotta added, “We are excited to have Greear back, but the sub has been wonderful as well.”

Greear said leaving home would be tough, but he is also excited  to be back with the staff and students. “I missed the daily interactions all of my coworkers and the student body. I know it’ll be difficult for long stretches but I’m going to have to deal with it.”

Though Greear is nervous for his new responsibility, he states that “I fully accept the responsibility of being a father and being able to mold a future generation.”