Matthew Roach

Matthew started his teaching career as a US history teacher at the Hotchkiss School, and has continued it as an English and history teacher and English department chair at Peddie School in Hightstown, NJ.
At Peddie, Matthew has designed and taught dozens of courses to 10th-12th graders, including AP US history, AP English literature, and senior English. In 2014, Matthew was awarded the Dr. Wilbour Eddy Saunders Society Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching.

Matthew attended the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English in the summers from 2012-2016, and received his Masters Degree in English Literature.

In the summers since, Matthew has engaged in remote teaching and tutoring work over the phone and on Zoom, most recently with a program called A+ Academy. In this program, Matthew created and taught multiple English courses to 8th and 9th grade students from the BASIS International School in Shenzhen, China, preparing them for American boarding schools and colleges.

Teaching Philosophy & Approach

In my career, first at Hotchkiss School and then, since 2009, at Peddie School, I first found joy and purpose in bringing daily energy and passion to my own classroom. Within a class environment, every interaction is an opportunity for learning, growth, and intellectual inquiry. I have developed 15 distinct English courses at Peddie, with curriculums focusing on writers as distinct as Leo Tolstoy, Italo Calvino, Colson Whitehead, Jesmyn Ward, and Elena Ferrante, to name a few favorites. These courses have emerged from my own scholarship and interests, but also from a sense of what texts and classes would best serve student interests and spark excitement in learning.

In each dimension of my teaching, I have been motivated by the conviction that classes must be places of enthusiasm, joy, and a belief in the importance of igniting sparks of creativity and intellectual curiosity from every student. I believe in close reading, sharp writing, analysis, and discourse, and a playful but rigorous classroom environment.

“I believe in close reading, sharp writing, analysis, and discourse, and a playful but rigorous classroom environment.”
Teaching Level:
  • High School
Teaching Type:
  • Tutoring
  • Full-Semester Classes
  • Partial Year Classes (Mini Courses)
Teaching Subjects:
  • Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • U.S. History
  • World History


Courses that Matthew Roach Teaches

  • 12th Grade English
    This course is an intensive introduction to advanced literary study.…
  • English Writing Course
    This course aims to transform high school students into amazing…

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