My Name Is ... Matt Cartier

Cherry Hills Christian School educator loves his work

Posted 9/11/18

About me In my 20 years in education, I've never had a hard time getting up and going to work. I've absolutely loved every year and every job I've had in education. I grew up in Grants Pass, Oregon, …

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My Name Is ... Matt Cartier

Cherry Hills Christian School educator loves his work

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About me

In my 20 years in education, I've never had a hard time getting up and going to work. I've absolutely loved every year and every job I've had in education.

I grew up in Grants Pass, Oregon, a small logging town. I went to a private Christian high school and attended Biola University in Los Angles. My career in education has been half public, half private. I've had four tutoring businesses along the way. I opened a middle school for intelligent students who learn differently, a lot of dyslexic students or students with sensory or processing difficulties. One of the keys to a great school is when you know the strengths and weaknesses of every kid.

My wife Christa is a NICU nurse at SkyRidge and we have three kids. We lived in Highlands Ranch for six years and now we are in Castle Pines. My parents live in Highlands Ranch and my wife's parents live a half-mile east of Cherry Hills. We all transplanted but we are all here for good. We love it here.

A determination

I went to a private Christian high school and thought it could have been done a lot better. I thought education in general could be better than the experience I had. I've been on a mission to engage students as much as I possibly can in the joy and curiosity of learning and developing as a person.

I thought I was going to be an architect. I did an apprenticeship my senior year of high school and realized it didn't align with my values. Education matched all the things I cared about.

At Cherry Hills

As head of school, I oversee the preschool, elementary school and middle-school programs. I'm responsible for creating the vision of the school and where it is going. We are in the beginning of some new chapters. This is a 33-year-old school. We are rethinking and reimagining what we can be as a Christian school in Highlands Ranch.

I can only sit down for so long. I'm very much out and about in our school and getting to know every program, the teachers and students.

More than 90 percent of our kids go to Valor Christian High School. With me coming from Valor, we are ensuring our curriculum lines up with ninth grade at Valor, so our students will be more than prepared.

Fun fact

My wife and I weren't very close with our grandparents and to have our parents close by and in our kids' lives has been one of the biggest gifts.

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