MA, University of California, Los Angeles
MA, University of Notre Dame
Matt grew up in Seattle, Wash., where he attended Blanchet High School and participated in cross-country and track. After graduation he moved across the state to Gonzaga University, where he studied religious studies and classics. In between his sophomore and junior year, Matt backpacked throughout Europe including visits to Pompeii and Athens, which strengthened his love of the classics.
Over the next four years, Matt pursued graduate degrees in Early Christian studies at Notre Dame and Classics at UCLA. While the academic pursuits were rewarding, the experiences of teaching Greek and Latin at UCLA convinced Matt that teaching was his true calling. He traveled to Prague to teach English before returning to the U.S. to begin his teaching career.
After a mid-year replacement job at Valley Forge Military Academy teaching English, Matt moved to Penn Charter in Philadelphia where he taught Latin, Greek, and freshman history. In the summer of 2013, Matt attended the Klingenstein Summer Institute and then moved to Watertown, Conn., to teach history and Greek at the Taft School.
Along with his varied academic interests, Matt is an avid fan of all Seattle sports, Gonzaga basketball, and Notre Dame football. He also enjoys running and playing basketball.
At St. Andrew’s, Matt teaches Greek, Latin, and Western Civilization. In addition he coaches Thirds soccer and Thirds basketball. Matt lives on L Dorm with his wife, Giselle Furlonge, daughter Devi, and dog Hector.