If you had asked Matt at age 16 about his chances of becoming a history teacher, he would have said “Approximately zero percent.” From his perspective, history was a never-ending parade of names and dates to be memorize—perhaps the most pointless subject in the curriculum. He initially went to college with vague plans to major in business and make a lot of money, but somewhere along the way, he got lost and found himself in a history course. That semester, he experienced a very different approach to history and learned that the discipline is more complex than he had believed—that history is, in the words of Dutch historian Pieter Geyl, “argument without end.” Matt had always loved to argue; the rest, as they say, is history.
Matt earned his BA from the University of Virginia in 2006, majoring in history and minoring in African American & African Studies. Following his undergraduate studies, Matt received a Graduate Council Fellowship to attend the University of Alabama, where he earned his master’s degree in history in 2008. He began his teaching career at Saint Mary’s School, an all-girls boarding school in North Carolina, where he was awarded the John U. Tate "Joy of Teaching" Award by his colleagues. He later moved on to Christchurch School in Virginia, where he taught and coached, served as Assistant Dean of Students, and was elected to sit as faculty representative on the school's strategic planning committee. Matt came to St. Andrew's from Tampa Preparatory School, a day school in Florida.
At St. Andrew’s, Matt teaches history, coaches baseball and basketball, and serves as dorm parent on Moss, where he lives with his wife, daughter, and a sweet-but-slightly-neurotic standard poodle.