Mr. Matthew Crater

7th Grade Assistant Principal

610.853.5900 x 5561

Welcome back to school, FORDS!

I am Mr. Crater, the 7th-grade administrator at Haverford Middle School. I am thrilled to begin a new school year with many familiar faces and am looking forward to meeting all new students at Haverford Middle School!

My story in education began in Annapolis, MD, where my teaching career took off as a 5th-grade teacher. It was there, in the heart of Maryland's capital, that I first experienced the transformative power of education. Guiding young minds through the world of learning, I witnessed the incredible growth and potential that every student possesses. This formative chapter laid the groundwork for my unwavering commitment to education.

Following my time as a teacher in Maryland, I found myself at Haverford Middle School, where I stepped into the role of a 6th-grade science teacher. Those early years as a teacher not only laid the foundation for my career but also forged deep connections within the Haverford community.

After two enriching years in the science classroom, I embraced a new challenge – that of an administrator. For the next six years, I poured my energy into nurturing the growth and development of 6th graders at HMS. My goal was clear: to create an environment where academic excellence and personal growth walked hand in hand. Together with an incredible team of educators, we elevated the 6th-grade experience to new heights.

And now, I find myself at the doorstep of a new chapter – the 7th-grade administrator. The excitement and anticipation are palpable as I bring my years of experience and insights to this role. The middle school years are a critical juncture in a student's life, and I am dedicated to making these years memorable, impactful, and transformative.

Beyond the classroom and administrative endeavors, my family is at the heart of my journey. My wife, Meghan, and our sweet three-year-old daughter, Rosie, are my constant pillars of support and inspiration. We reside in West Chester, a place we call home, where we share a love for traveling, beach getaways, and the simple pleasures of poolside relaxation. Balancing my professional aspirations with the joys of family life has taught me the importance of harmony and cherishing every moment.

In addition to my roles at Haverford Middle School, I am currently enrolled in an Ed.D program at Saint Joseph's University. This academic pursuit reflects my commitment to continuous learning and my dedication to enhancing the educational experience for both students and educators.

As I step into the role of the 7th-grade administrator, I carry with me the lessons of the past and the aspirations for the future. I eagerly embrace this new adventure, excited about the positive impact we can make together.

I look forward to supporting your child through an amazing 7th-grade school year.


Mr. Matthew Crater