Inaugural Head of School- Nov. 2014- Aug. 2016

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Matt Thornton joined Mountain Village in the fall of 2014 to help us give birth to our new school.

Matt’s leadership over the last two years has been instrumental in helping this new school grow and mature, and we will all miss him. We know that the school will continue to grow in good directions because of the solid foundation that he is leaving behind.  From building new systems, to hiring amazing staff, to growing our enrollment, Matt has worked tirelessly for our young explorers.

“We have come a long way in just two short years to build a dream school together.  Your support as we climbed the mountain and forged the rivers of this start up journey has been amazing and I am deeply grateful for each and every one of you.  I have learned much in my time here, and MV will forever have a place in my heart.  My leadership experiences in building this school with the board and staff have encouraged me to move forward towards establishing organizations that will continue to push the edge of innovative education.” Matt Thornton

Matt Thornton- Bio

Matt has been an educator, youth developer, and leader for over 15 years in a variety of settings.  Before coming to Mountain Village, his passion for education and community service was ignited as the Project Head for Big Brothers/ Big Sisters at Hamilton College.  He taught Biology as a House Tutor at a Boarding School in the Howgill Fells of Northern England, and was a co-founder of a K-6 bilingual school in Honduras and taught science and english there for two years.  Upon returning from abroad he volunteered for two years as an AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow at the Citizen Schools Apprenticeship Program in Boston, Massachusetts. Most recently, he was the Director of Partner and Volunteer Engagement for a middle school mentoring program in Washington, DC, where he built partnerships to sustain the development and volunteer efforts of a multi-million dollar nonprofit serving low-income communities in Washington, DC.   Matt’s early education began in the ponds, lakes, fields, mountains, and woods of his childhood in upstate NY and the Adirondacks.  He is a graduate of Hamilton College (‘98) where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology; Lesley University (‘06) where he completed a Master’s of Education in Curriculum & Instruction; and Georgetown University (’14) where he completed a Nonprofit Executive Leadership Certificate Program.  He is currently pursuing training in Montessori teaching and leadership. Matt has three daughters, Francesca (age 6), and Lilian (3), and Blair (1 1/2) with his wife Katie, whom he married in Franconia in 2007.

To contact Matt- email matthewbthornton@gmail.com or call 617-780-2187.