Our Upper School teachers blend a passion for teaching with disciplinary expertise and a genuine compassion and affection for the young adults who are their students. Upper School students largely view their teachers as subject experts and mentors rather than authoritarian figures, a view that makes the ultimate transition to college much smoother.
80% of our Upper School teachers hold advanced degrees in addition to the baccalaureate degree, and almost half of those teachers hold a doctorate or terminal degree in their field of study.
M.A. American Studies, St. Louis University
Matt Hoven joined the Upper School English faculty in 2014. He received his B.A. in English from the University of Missouri and his M.A. in American Studies from St. Louis University. He has been teaching English at the post-secondary level since 2002, including classes in American Literature, Honors Composition, Creative Writing, and Introduction to the Modern Novel. Mr. Hoven was twice recognized as “Most Inspirational Faculty Member” and has served as an advisor to various literary magazines, service learning organizations and student literary societies. At SPA, he teaches American Literature, Creative Writing, Speculative Fiction, and Visual Narrative in the Upper School. He is a ride leader for Minnesota High School Mountain Bike League and co-advises the Outdoors Club and Spartans against Destructive Decisions.