Matthew McCann

Deckhand Educator

Hometown: Killingworth, Connecticut

School: University of Connecticut

Previous sailing experience: In Boy Scouts, I learned how to sail Sunfish and earned Small-Boat Sailing merit badge.

Previous teaching experience: For the past two summers, I have been a facilitator for a non-profit, youth outdoor leadership program in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I led a variety of activities for children in grades five through ten to strengthen their outdoor and soft skills and to instill within them a greater sense of self-confidence.

Hobbies: I enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. My favorites are hiking, backpacking, and snowboarding. I also love traveling and photography. I recently completed a three and a half month solo road trip of the United States exploring cities, hiking and backpacking our national parks, making new friends, and taking thousands of pictures. I am always eager to try new things and I love learning about anything and everything.

Why I'm excited to work for World Ocean School: I am excited to inspire and facilitate self-growth among students through the unique experience that is sailing. Also, having worked for my school’s sustainability office, I am eager to learn and teach about the marine ecosystem and the impact that humans are having on it. In this way, I hope to create lifelong stewards of our environment. Personally, I really look forward to learning how to sail tall ships and to experience what it’s like to live on a boat. I am also thrilled to visit new places like Nova Scotia and the Caribbean and to have the opportunity to continue to make myself a better experiential educator.