A native of Westfield, Massachusetts, Matt majored in history with a focus in secondary education at Westfield State University. While there, he interned for the Historical Journal of Massachusetts and was a student-teacher at Central High School in Springfield, earning a state teaching license. Matt’s passion for teaching and working with young people stems from volunteer work for Special Olympics Massachusetts, an organization he has been dedicated to since 2005.
At Suffield, Matt is a dorm parent and coaches boys’ cross country and girls' JV basketball. He enjoys watching movies, reading, and playing various sports. He lives in Brodie Hall with his wife Jazzy.
Where were you born?
What do you love about where you are from?
I love the seasons in New England, especially fall.
What is your favorite thing about day-to-day life at Suffield Academy?
The great interactions with students and faculty.
Who is your favorite artist?
Right now, one of my favorites is a band called Khruangbin.
Which of your roles at Suffield Academy do you relish the most?
I love the combination of teaching and coaching. Watching students push themselves in and out of the classroom is always a joy to watch.
What is something your Suffield Academy family might not know about you?
I collect wristwatches.
What is your favorite book?
Hard to pick just one. I love anything by Erik Larson, Cormac McCarthy, or John Le Carré.
What is the one word that you live by?
What is something you believe one can never over-invest in?
What is your favorite hobby?
I really enjoy playing golf. I am just not very good yet.
What advice would you give a new teacher at Suffield Academy?
Embrace the lifestyle of private school. Make connections, ask questions, and always try to improve.
What is the most important life lesson for someone to learn?
Not to take themselves too seriously.
What is/are your prized possession(s)?
My grandfather’s watch and my wedding ring.
If you could have dinner with one person, alive or dead, who would you dine with?
Who is your role model/inspiration?
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Japan, I have always been interested in the history, the food, and the culture.