Matthew Martin, 5th Grade

Matthew Martin is excited to join the Maui Preparatory Academy ‘ohana as both the new Fifth Grade Teacher, and as a resident faculty member in the Maui Prep boarding program. Matthew grew up in Kamuela on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. He first experienced boarding life while attending Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy as a day student, where he created lifelong friendships with international students. His early exposure to international education catalyzed his passion for travel and his desire to be a global citizen. After receiving a B.A. in English and Poetry from San Francisco State University, Matthew became heavily involved in the poetry, music, and performance arts communities of San Francisco. After publishing a book of poetry, and touring the west coast to promote his art, Matthew moved to New York City where he continued to pursue his love of poetry while working as a Housing Advocate for a non-profit, supportive-housing organization. While working to house the chronically homeless Matthew realized he wanted to try his hand at teaching. He and his partner wanted to teach, yet they’d always been intrigued by the prospect of living internationally.

So, Matthew and his partner moved to South Korea to teach English. While living in Seoul, Matthew received his teaching certification in Elementary Education. He taught First Grade at Younghoon Elementary School, the oldest and premiere English-language immersion school in South Korea. During their three years teaching in Korea, Matthew and his partner traveled extensively around Asia; together they backpacked through Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia. After trekking with Sumatran orangutans, sliding down Balinese waterfalls, and camping on deserted Philippine islands, Matthew is ecstatic to return home to the islands.

He hopes to bring his experiences and understanding of international life to the Maui Prep boarding program where he is excited to learn about the boarding students’ cultures, while also sharing his expatriate experiences with the students. Matthew hopes to create an open-minded, creative, and dynamic community with the boarding students, and other resident faculty. As a fifth-generation Hawaiian islander, Matthew looks forward to sharing his love of the islands with the Maui Prep ‘ohana.

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