Matthew began seeking alternative educational environments for himself halfway through his college experience. He participated in Naropa University's "contemplative education program" in Boulder, CO, and studied at St. John's College in Santa Fe, NM, which offers a Great Books curriculum. From there, he moved to Mississippi to teach in a rural middle school and attend the Ole Miss on weekends. He arrived at HVSS by way of a search for a school which permits adults to interact with children and teenagers on equal terms. Matthew's current interests include writing, history, conversation, sports, humor, and foraging for plants and mushrooms. He lives in Kingston with his wife Ana and their two children.