Matt Derrickson

About

  • Matt is the history teacher at AIHS.  His passion for teaching, problem solving, and outdoor adventure began at YMCA Camp Lincoln where he was a camper and then a staff member for several years.  He graduated from Keene State College in 2015 with a Political Science and Economics degree, and since leaving Keene he has had a variety of experiences in private and public service.  He helped manage an Italian restaurant after college before completing a 2,000 mile hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2016.  After the trek he worked at a building supply company and Loon Mountain Resort before he secured a job working for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in New Jersey.   His work with the Conservancy propelled him to a backcountry wilderness management position with the National Park Service in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina.  He walked 2,100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail just prior to joining the AIHS team as a long term substitute in 2019.  

     

    Matt has taught multiple courses at AIHS, his favorite of which he will teach again this year - Current Events.  Matt also instructs students that take US History, World History, Mythology, Psychology, and Constitutional Law.  He enjoys integrating his passion for the outdoors in his lessons and encourages students to stay active.  When he’s not hiking or teaching, Matt enjoys playing stringed instruments like the guitar and mandolin, playing games like Magic the Gathering or Dungeons and Dragons, and eating a variety of beans.  This is his first full year at AIHS and he is excited for the opportunity to help students build valuable critical thinking and communication skills that will serve them for a lifetime.