Matt always had a passion for Earth Science ever since his mom would find rocks in his pockets as a small child.  He hopes to bring that passion to his classroom this year.  He wants to make the experiences in his classroom as hands on as possible, along with trips into the field to see how real-life geologists conduct their work. 
Matt received a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Dayton in 2013.  After receiving his Master of Science in Geosciences from Penn State in 2015, Matt decided to take some time to travel.  He went to South America for a month, drove for 10 weeks across the United States, and then decided to become a white water rafting, zip-lining, and rock climbing guide in West Virginia.  It was while he was in West Virginia that he decided to return to his original passion, teaching.  While on a trip to New York City in early 2017, he decided to move to the big city.  He applied to a Masters of Teaching program at the American Museum of Natural History.  He would then spend the next 15 months learning what it takes to become a successful teacher in NYC.  
Outside of the classroom, Matt enjoys video games, rock climbing, and exploring new areas of the city. 

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