Matthew Ecklund

Lead Educator for Proctor Academy's Ocean Classroom - Seasonal

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota

School: Macalester College, Sea Education Association

Previous sailing experience: USCG Licensed Captain; Sailing since 2008 aboard educational vessels in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Caribbean

Previous teaching experience: Maritime Literature, Marine Science and Oceanography, Celestial Navigation, Art, Multimedia Videography, Editing and Photography; Character development and experiential education experience with students ranging in age from elementary school through college.

Hobbies: Printmaking, Painting, Drawing, Running, Biking, Yoga, Meditation, Boatbuilding, Nature Hikes, Outdoor Exploration, Cooking delicious breakfast scrambles and general experimentation in the kitchen. I also enjoy long walks on the beach, which I’m always looking forward to when I visit a coastline and return to the ocean.

Why I’m excited to work for World Ocean School: I lived aboard Roseway as a deckhand and an educator six years ago, before coming back in 2015 to teach once again with Proctor Academy’s Ocean Classroom program. Roseway holds a special place in my heart as my first wooden boat, and I fell in love with her smells, sounds, and history. Voyaging offers so many opportunities to seek new vistas, experience the highs and lows of life in close quarters, and form the tight bonds of solidarity and friendship unique to shipmates who’ve sailed thousands of nautical miles together in pursuit of a common goal. It’s truly one of the most profound experiences of my life, and I’m thrilled and filled with pride and excitement to be returning to a favorite ship on a new and unpredictable journey.