Matt performs numerous roles at the Lower Campus, including outdoor education coordinator, middle school science teacher, and boys’ soccer coach. Matt earned degrees in environmental studies and law and society from UC Santa Barbara. He joined the faculty in 1990. As science department chair, he oversees student participation in the OVS Science Fair, the Ventura County Science Fair, and the California State Science Fair. Weekends often find Matt with students backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing, surfing, kayaking, or canyoneering. Matt and his wife, Ann, live with their sons, Jay and Scott, on a pixie tangerine ranch in Ojai.
When not in the classroom, I can be found
Sharing the joy of outdoor adventures with OVS students. One of my favorite traditions is taking the eighth graders to White Rocks, 10′ Hole, and Boney Bean waterfall the day before graduation. It is a chance for them to run, play, swim, bond, and reflect on their experiences at the Lower Campus.
One thing students don’t know about me
I spend so much time with my students that I think they really know everything about me! Maybe they don’t know that I can’t stand pickled beets – or that I collect sea glass?
Favorite place at the Lower Campus
There are two places at OVS that I absolutely love. One is the Outdoor Ed office, which is filled with all of the equipment necessary to have amazing adventures in the wilderness. The other is our beautiful soccer field that I’ve spent 27 years coaching on.
Best part of my job
For me, the best part of working at OVS is teaching students with their own unique educational experiences that learning can be fun, should be fun, must be fun, and that they are far more capable than they ever thought possible.