New PE teacher Travis provides ‘guidance, care, and a supportive learning environment’

PE teacher Matt TravisPhoto: Amherst College

New physical education teacher Matthew Travis is thrilled to be a new teacher at ARHS. He currently teaches Health, tenth grade Physical Education and two electives: PE: Invasion Games and PE: Rec Games

Travis grew up in Chesapeake, Virginia, and attended Old Dominion University. He majored in Physical Education with a minor in Health. He also received his Masters in Management and Leadership at Montreat College.

Along with being a teacher at ARHS Travis is also currently one of the assistant coaches for the Amherst College men’s soccer team.

In 2019, Travis helped guide the Mammoths to a 19-2-2 record and a National Runner-Up finish in the NCAA Tournament. The 19 wins are the most in a single season in the program’s history.

In his first two seasons at Amherst, 2016 and 2017, Travis helped guide the Mammoths to a 29-5-5 overall record and a 14-3-3 mark in conference play. The Mammoths also won the 2016 NESCAC Conference Tournament Title and earned two trips to the NCAA Sweet 16.

Travis was a member of the Mammoths’ staff that was named New England Regional Staff of the Year by the United Soccer Coaches in 2016 and 2019.

Travis wanted to become a teacher to make a difference. “I hope to provide guidance, care, and a supportive learning environment,” he said, “to connect with students, build relationships and create a safe and inclusive environment.”

So far, Travis has enjoyed his time at ARHS. “I am really enjoying getting to know the students and I have an incredible support system with colleagues in my department,” he said 

Travis currently lives in South Hadley with his wife and son. “I have an incredible wife who holds down the fort and an 18month little boy who brings so much joy into our lives,” he said 

In his free time, Travis enjoys watching sports and playing golf but spends a lot of his time with his family. “Spending time with family is most important,” he said.