Matthew Hebard

Matthew Hebard

Position: Co-Founder and Education Director Organization: The Nursery School
Position: Co-Founder and Education Director Organization: The Nursery School
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    Nature or Reggio Based Curriculum
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    Starting your own school
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    He and fellow Buell Alumna (Brett Dabb) have opened Colorado's first all outdoor based preschool, modeled after the Forest Schools in Europe. It is a Reggio Inspired school that focuses on the interests of the children while outdoors and developing a community where all all valued.

    He was the Coordinator for BECLN for 15 months. He enjoyed collaborating with the network and assisted with providing meaningful engagement opportunities amongst the network.

    Matthew embarked on his journey into Early Childhood Education in 2005 by completing the Teacher Education Program at the Boulder Journey School, a school that is influenced by the Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education. Inspired by his learning from the Boulder Journey School, he was inspired to implement a child centered, hands-on approach to learning in a Kindergarten classroom for three years in Adams 50 School District. After his classroom days, Matthew went on to become the Head Start and Colorado Preschool Coordinator for the Cherry Creek Early Childhood Program from October of 2012 through August 2014. While at Cherry Creek, Matthew passed on his knowledge and passion for child-centered learning and the utilization of natural and recycled materials in the classroom to the teaching staff. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado-Denver.

    Matthew briefly worked as the Early Childhood Systems Manager at the Office of Early Childhood with the Colorado Department of Human Services. His responsibilities included providing technical assistance, contract management, and building relationships upon trust and respect with Early Childhood Councils throughout the state.
    In his spare time, Matthew enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, whether riding one of his many bikes in the garage or climbing the next highest peak. He and fellow Buell alumnus are pursuing opening Colorado’s first Nature-Based Preschool.
    Matthew is a member of the 6th Buell Early Childhood Leadership Program Cohort and recently completed a second Master’s Program (Administration, Leadership, and Policy) through University of Colorado-Denver.
    Matthew lives in Aurora with his wife Cherie, daughter Griffin, two dogs and cat.