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Matt Wyatt

I knew when I stepped onto SFS’ campus that this is where I needed to be.

A former environmental educator and field biologist, my mind was amazed by the outdoor space here in the city. The possibilities for projects and hands-on learning are endless, and I’m ecstatic to try them all.

Raised in the cypress swamps of south Louisiana, my love for the outdoors started as a teenager kayaking the alligator-filled bayous, often camping on sandbars and abandoned tugboats. There in the swamp, I found my first role as educator: telling stories about wildlife and teaching paddling technique. Eager to learn more, I studied conservation biology from Louisiana State University and traveled around the US working in field biology and environmental education. My favorite places include Acadia National Park in Maine, the San Juan Islands in Washington, and, of course, here in the Bay Area. With each move and new role, I hungered more and more to be in the classroom, and now that I’ve landed at SFS, I’m grateful to have an exceptional community to grow as an educator.

When I’m not at school, I’m typically on my bike, at the local Zen center, or in my kitchen, baking bread, but on weekends, you’ll find me where it all started: outdoors.