Matt holds a B.A. in Theatre Studies from Yale University as well as an M.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Saint Mary in Kansas. Having previously lived overseas teaching ESL for four years in Chiang mai, Thailand, Matt has a developed a love for travel and exploration. At the same time, his past work history demonstrates his passion for building and problem-solving. Matt has served as a Scenic Carpenter for the Yale Repertory Theater; the General Contractor on an earth-sheltered house in Kansas City, Kansas; the Master Carpenter for the Summer Youth Theater in Lawrence, Kansas; and his current project is the design and construction of a bed and breakfast on the Big Island of Hawaii. Matt firmly believes that the lessons and challenges of building can translate into the classroom through Project-Based Learning and effective use of MakerSpaces to enable students to develop essential problem-solving skills and foster collaboration.