Professional Language Instruction
Matt Fitzgibbons, Instructor of Spanish/English, earned his B.A. in Spanish/Sociology from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA in 1995 and his M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT in 2005. While still an undergraduate, Matt began his teaching career assisting adult learners of English in two different programs, and prior to graduation secured a position as an ESL Instructor/International Student Advisor at the Georgetown Preparatory School in greater Washington, D.C. Matt then decided to continue his teaching career as a Spanish Instructor at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, MA, a school that during his lengthy tenure was ranked as one of America's Outstanding High Schools by the U.S. News and World Report. During the summer of 1998, Matt accepted a position at the Boston Institute of Intercultural Communication, where he taught courses in English Conversation, English Pronunciation, and American Music. After that summer teaching at the Boston Institute of Intercultural Communication, Matt decided that it was time to commit to a career in education, with a particular concentration in English and Spanish instruction, and enrolled in Middlebury College's Master of Arts in Spanish program.
The Middlebury College Language Schools, home to one of the nation's most renowned language programs, offer students the opportunity to be entirely immersed in their language of study, through the rigor of their academic programs and a rich array of co-curricular cultural activities during each summer that students study there. At around the same time Matt graduated from Middlebury College in 2005, he had already begun to investigate ways to bring the study of English and Spanish even more to life for his students. Therefore, when offered the opportunity to travel with his students on an exchange program with Colegio Manuel Belgrano in Argentina during the summer of 2006, he enthusiastically accepted, realizing that this experience would well complement his prior travels to Spain and Ecuador. That enriching summer experience was followed by yet another, for during the summer of 2007 Matt returned to his roots as an English instructor, teaching courses in English Composition, English Conversation, and TOEFL Exam Preparation to international students at Pine Manor College.
Then, during the summer of 2007, Matt accepted the invitation to relocate to Philadelphia in order to work as a Spanish instructor at the prestigious St. Joseph's Preparatory School. While teaching Spanish at St. Joseph's Prep full-time, Matt also served as an assistant football coach, led the Community Service Corps, established an exchange program with a Jesuit school in Chile, taught written and conversational English to international adult students who were employed by a labor union in the city, and taught English Literature and Creative Writing each summer to rising eighth graders.
Since the fall of 2012, Matt has had the pleasure of teaching at the school where his career in education truly began - Georgetown Preparatory School - where he teaches Spanish and ESL. When not in the classroom, Matt can be found at home cheering on the Red Sox, outdoors walking his dog around the neighborhood, or on the road visiting friends and family up north.