Head of School Matt Neely earned his bachelor’s degree in History, cum laude, from Yale University. Subsequently, he earned his Master of Arts in Education and a California teaching credential from Stanford University. Matt taught history, Advanced Placement English, and Leadership for 15 years at Mountain View School. Matt was Assistant Principal at the school from 1998 to 2006 and earned a second Master of Arts in Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University. Matt’s focus at Mountain View was increasing access to high level curriculum and providing a broad array of activities and athletics for 1,800 students.
Following Matt’s time in Mountain View, he served as the PK-12 Principal at the American Overseas School of Rome in Italy. At AOSR, Matt focused on teacher coaching, balancing three distinct secondary curricula, and creating an inclusive community with students from 55 countries.
In 2008, Matt returned to the States to serve as Head of School at Epiphany School, an independent elementary school in Seattle, Washington. There, he facilitated a $12 million-dollar capital campaign for a 12-classroom building. Matt also led the campus through a revision of the teacher evaluation, mentoring, and compensation system, working to increase teacher pay and professionalism.
After nine years at Epiphany School and 25 years as a teacher and administrator, Metairie Park Country Day School’s Board of Trustees appointed Matt as its ninth Head of School. Matt began his tenure at Country Day in July 2017.
Matt has a deep interest in civics and educational policy and has served on various state level boards, including the Northwest Association of Independent Schools’ Accreditation Committee, the Washington Federation of Independent Schools, the California Reading and Literature Project, and for the past two summers served as a faculty member at the NWAIS New Heads Institute. Matt’s interest in public service led him to run for City Council of Mountain View in 2002 where he served as Council Member and Mayor of the city of 75,000.
Matt’s interests beyond education include political history, French, professional sports, and his family, his wife Erica and his two sons, Owen and William.