GLEN ARBOR MI – The Hill School‘s current dean of faculty is leaving the venerable Pottstown college preparatory institution to become president and headmaster of The Leelanau School, a private boarding school in Leelanau County MI, the Traverse City (MI) Record-Eagle newspaper reported Thursday (Feb. 12, 2009).
A number of current and former Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township residents are among The Hill’s alumni.
Matthew B. “Matt” Ralston, who has worked at The Hill School for 17 years, assumes his new post July 1. Ralston was the top choice of Leelanau’s board of trustees from a nationwide search of more than 40 applicants, according to board Chairman Robert McNutt.
The Leelanau School focuses exclusively on 9th- through 12th-grade students who struggle with learning difficulties such attention-deficit disorder or dyslexia. Ralston’s first teaching job was at a private school for boys with dyslexia in New York state, he told the newspaper, and said Leelanau’s work with similar students appealed to him.
He and his wife Mary Beth also “figured it’s a good time for us to do something if we wanted to try something different,” Ralston, 51, told the Record-Eagle. Leelanau County, he said, “looks like a place that has got a lot to offer.”
In addition to his faculty duties at The Hill, Ralston teaches mathematics and is an assistant coach for its boys junior varsity lacrosse team, according to school website. His appointment at Leelanau was announced to The Hill community Jan. 4 in an e-mail from Headmaster David Dougherty.