Matt Tilford is a U.S. native who grew up in California, completed his B.A. in History at Pennsylvania’s Bucknell University, earned his M.A. in Urban Education from Tennessee’s Union University, and then lived in New York for a year before launching his career in international education. He has taught Secondary Social Studies and English in Venezuela and Myanmar prior to arriving at RAS. Matt is a passionate educator and lifelong learner. He aims to create a classroom environment in which all students feel welcomed, respected, and supported. His approach to teaching is organized and rigorous; he hopes that his students will feel pushed to learn and achieve more than they ever dreamed possible. Outside the classroom, Matt’s interests include traveling, reading, writing, playing the piano, and spending time with his family. He is married and his wife is also a teacher at RAS.