Samuel Fuller School has an intelligent and creative faculty with diverse backgrounds and talents. While we are all different, we share some things in common: a deep love and commitment to God and to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a strong love of children, and a commitment to teaching and learning the classical way.
Meet Our Headmaster
Alia Rivers graduated from Northland International University in Wisconsin with a B.A. in both Bible and Sacred Music with a piano proficiency. She has over ten years of experience in teaching music and in educating elementary and secondary students in Christian schools. She has been blessed to serve in many roles at Samuel Fuller School and is happy to be administrating the school as well as teaching music and coordinating and directing school programs and musicals. Alia and her husband Mark have four children, Micaiah, Harmony, Malachi, and Cadence. They have a strong commitment to classical Christian education and have taught their two oldest children at home using classical curriculum.
Meet Our Faculty
Jessica Baeckel is a passionate and dedicated teacher with five years of teaching experience in the public school system and in homeschooling her four children, Hannah, Madeline, Brian and Owen. She graduated with a B.A. in Liberal Studies from California Baptist University in Riverside, CA and has taken several units of master’s level classes pertaining to education at California Baptist University and Bridgewater State University. Her husband Glen is the pastor of Winthrop Street Baptist Church in Taunton, MA.
Matt Davenport earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University in 2010. He then spent over 4 years working at the US Army Natick Soldier Systems Center, managing research and development projects on body armor and head protection systems. Matthew is now a proud member of the Samuel Fuller community, teaching 6th grade Vocabulary and English as well as 7th and 8th grade Logic and Math. He is also working on SFS’s planned high school expansion, praying that the Lord may use it to strengthen the wisdom, maturity, and faith of the young adults who graduate from our completed K-12 school.
Erin Ewell graduated from Regis College with a B.A. in Sociology and a concentration in elementary education. Before having her three daughters, Erin taught for four years in public school. She is very excited to be teaching full time again. Erin and her husband, Bobby, have three daughters, Ainsley, Emmelia, and Lila. Erin feels blessed to have the opportunity to work with the students at Samuel Fuller School. She works to instill in her students a love of learning and is humbled to help mold them into young men and women who love and serve Christ.
Julie Mattscheck teaches the upper grammar and logic school students at Samuel Fuller School. After graduating from Grove City College in 2010 with a B.A. English and Biblical Studies, she spent three years teaching Kindergarten, 1st, 5th, and 6th grade at Glencoe Classical Academy in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Julie is excited be part of the Samuel Fuller community. She loves children and is grateful for the opportunity to share her passion for learning and her love for Christ as she joins parents seeking to raise young men and women of character who know and understand the Lord.
Leah McKenna earned a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Simmons College in Boston. She was raised in Middleboro, as was her husband, Mike. They have two children, Aiden and Mallory. Leah teaches second grade and feels blessed to be a part of her students’ lives. She works to bring passion and creativity to all she does at the school and looks forward to many years of working with Samuel Fuller School students.
Peggy McKenna is serving Samuel Fuller school this year as the sixth grade homeroom teacher. She also teaches fourth grade math and several fifth through eighth grade history classes. She holds a B.A and M.A.in History from Bridgewater State College. While she loved her calling to teach public high school for almost 20 years, she had long desired to be involved in full time Christian ministry and is honored and blessed to serve Samuel Fuller School. She has been married to Steve for 41 years, and they have three children - Michael, Erin, and Andrew - and seven grandchildren - Aiden, Mallory, Ainsley, Emmy, Elijah, Lila and Sophie.
Yvonne Murphy has a Master of Arts in Education from Lesley University. She has been with us for over seven years, during which she has taught Third and Fourth Grades. She now brings her love for creative teaching to our Kindergarten class. When she is not in the classroom, she enjoys playing with her young son, spending time outdoors, and indulging in barbecue and ice cream with her husband.
Lydia Murdy is excited for the daily challenges of her first year at SFS. She mostly works with the 7th and 8th grade, teaching English, Writing, and Literature, but also teaches 3rd and 4th Latin and 6th Writing. Before teaching, Lydia was classically educated at home and then attended Boston College where she majored in Philosophy and German. After graduating in 2014, she worked for two years in the Boston College Libraries before joining the SFS faculty. When not lesson planning or correcting, she enjoys reading, outings with friends in Boston, and watching too much British television.
Monica Murdy has a B.A. from the University of Chicago and has worked in business and Christian ministry. Monica's experience in classical education incudes homeschooling her two daughters, Abigail and Lydia, who are now graduates of Wellesley College and Boston College. Monica has also taught elementary Latin for two years at Veritas Academy, a classical Christian school on Cape Cod. This year Monica is teaching Latin to grades six through eight.
Peter Murdy has been the Pastor of First Congregational Church at the Green since 1999. He’s married to Monica, and they have two grown daughters: Abigail and Lydia. Peter graduated from Gordon College with a B.A. in English. He spent eight years as an officer in the Navy before attending seminary at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. This year he will teach an Introduction to Christian Theology to the 7th and 8th grade students.