Matt Givens was born and raised in the mountains of Jackson, Wyoming, which ignited a passion for the outdoors at a young age. He went to college in Oregon and studied criminal justice, and after college, he worked in the education field as a public school teacher in Bozeman, Montana and spent eight years leading wilderness trips for youth ages 10 to 20 for various organizations. These trips ranged from overnight trips to 40-day mountaineering trips.
After getting married, Matt spent the first year working as a corrections officer at a juvenile detention center in Arizona while his wife worked at Spring Ridge Academy. After talking with Amanda and working closely with the juveniles at the detention center, he decided he wanted to work with the kids before they were brought into the detention center, which is what brought him to Spring Ridge.
He is very excited about joining the Spring Ridge team and working with the girls. Amanda and Matt are also starting up an outdoor program for the school and can’t wait to share his passion with the girls.