Matthew Stuart is currently the Head of School at The Caedmon School in New York City, a Montessori Pre-school and Montessori-inspired Elementary School. He has been teaching in independent schools since 1985. Prior to Caedmon, he was the Head of the Upper School and the Director of Secondary School Placement at the Town School in NYC and the Middle School Director at the National Cathedral School in Washington DC. Before NCS, Matthew was on the faculty of the Spence School in NYC, where he taught drama and speech, was the Head of the Performing Arts Department, and the Director of Student Affairs. He began his teaching career as the Middle School Drama teacher at the Hewitt School in NYC. In 1994 and 1995, Matthew was also the Co-Director of the Spence Teaching Institutes, weeklong faculty workshops focused on issues of diversity and anti-racism. During the summer, Mr. Stuart has been co-teaching an ISM (Independent School Management) Leadership Institute, called Leading the 21st Century Middle School since 2009.
In addition to his work in independent schools, Matthew has been a professional theatre director. He holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts from Syracuse University and was a Klingenstein Fellow, earning a M.A. in Educational Administration, with a focus in private school leadership, from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Matthew Stuart was a 1998-99 Klingenstein Fellow at Teachers College, Columbia University, where his research explored Heads of Schools working to be inclusive of gay/lesbian support in independent schools. Mr. Stuart was also awarded a NAIS/EE Ford Fellowship in 2004, as an Aspiring Head of School. He is currently serving on the Independent School Advisory Board for the Academy of Teachers in NYC. He is a Trustee for Border Crossers, as well as a Trustee for Leadership + Design, an leading organization for innovation in education.
Matthew Stuart has also facilitated numerous workshops and conference presentations for faculty, administrators, trustees, parents and students across the country. He believes that all schools have a moral mission that all students will have an equal opportunity for personal discovery and educational prosperity.