Head of School
Matt Sigrist was named Renbrook School’s eleventh Head of School on March 25, 2019, and he officially joined the Renbrook Community on campus on July 1, 2019. His positive influence has brought together the entire Renbrook community. Matt's path to Renbrook has traversed excellent schools, formative coaching roles, and prized teaching experiences. He was born in St. Louis, MO, and he spent his childhood in Rochester, New York.
Matt earned a BA in Economics from Williams College where he was the captain of the football and baseball teams. He earned a master's degree in Education Leadership from Columbia University Teacher’s College. Previous positions included roles in the front office for the New York Yankees, football and baseball coaching positions at Williams College and Bowdoin College, and his most formative professional years in the classroom teaching AP Economics and Math. This rich variety of experiences deepened his understanding of school culture, provided excellent role models, and helped him develop his own vision for school leadership that inspired his foray into independent school administration.
Serving and rallying teams - whether in sports, music, or in educational pursuits - fires me with enthusiasm," says Matt. "Renbrook is a place of propulsive energy where I feel honored to work every day.” Before landing at Renbrook, Matt served as Middle School Dean at Delbarton School and as Middle School Director at Peck School, both in New Jersey. His last stop was as Director of the Middle School at Norfolk Academy in Virginia. During his time at Norfolk Academy, Matt worked passionately on a relationship-based Advisory Program and other projects focusing on faculty growth, technology integration, and curriculum development.
Matt’s easygoing demeanor, compassionate understanding of children and families, and inspiring leadership style have made a lasting impression on our school community. He is often seen around campus actively participating in all areas of our school. You will find him walking the halls, greeting families at carpool each morning and afternoon, playing the trumpet with the band, coaching on Renbrook's fields, or racing up the hill to the Beginning School with some of our youngest students, always with a smile, a kind word, and a calming presence. “As Head, I am the chief servant of the mission of the school. I support our faculty and staff, provide them resources to thrive, and rally around this most important purpose –-to light the fire of curiosity in our students," says Matt. "We do this best through strong relationships and in partnership with families to help our students realize their best selves.”
Matt's commitment to Renbrook goes beyond his passion for the school's mission and his dedication to its students. His four daughters - Katie (14), Anna (12), Ginny (9), and Emma (6) - attend the school, providing him a unique perspective into the student experience at Renbrook. His dedication to independent education is shared by his wife, Kathleen, former Director of Admission at Newark Academy (NJ) and part-time coach at Renbrook.
“We are grateful our children are part of such an incredible school community. To go to work each day at a place that my whole family is invested in and loves, is a gift."