From the Principal

Hello SS. Philip and James familes!

On behalf of our pastor, Fr. Kevin McCaffrey, and our entire faculty and staff, welcome to SS. Philip & James School! We have been a fixture in the Canal Fulton community for nearly 150 years, and are as dedicated as ever to providing a rigorous, faith-filled education to all who walk through our doors. 
SPJ is part of the Diocese of Youngstown and serves grades PK-8. We seek to create a challenging learning environment that encourages high expectations for success through developmentally appropriate instruction that allows for individual differences and learning styles. Our school promotes a safe, orderly, caring, and supportive environment based on our Catholic faith. Each student’s self-esteem is fostered by positive relationships with students and staff. Our parents, teachers, and community members are actively involved in our students’ learning.
Please feel free to contact me at any time for more information about our school. We offer tours and shadow days for those interested. I can be reached at 330-854-2823 and at [email protected]
Matt Monter
SS. Philip and James Principal 

About the Principal

Matt Monter
A product of Stark County Catholic Schools, Matt has been the principal at SS. Philip & James since July 2019. Matt attended St. Louis School in Louisville from kindergarten through 8th grade. He graduated from Louisville High School in 2003, and went on to attend Ohio University, earning a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education in 2007. 
Matt has 11 years of teaching experience, and has taught at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. Two of those years were spent teaching 4th and 5th grade at Our Lady of Sorrows School in Memphis, TN as part of the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education program. Through this program, Matt earned a Master’s in Education from Notre Dame in 2013. During these two years he also met his wife, Maria, a Georgetown graduate who was in the same program at Notre Dame.
In 2020, Matt was selected as a member of the Reform Leaders’ Summit, a fully-funded cohort chosen by the University of Notre Dame. The Reform Leaders' Summit aims to equip leaders with the skills and abilities needed to support parental rights and equity in education. Each year, a cohort is selected of 40-50 leaders who engage in a program consisting of 3 seminars over the course of 12 months. These seminars are facilitated by a team of moderators including policy makers, school (and school system) leaders, researchers, education entrepreneurs, and funders.
Matt has taught and coached high school basketball in the Louisville, Jackson, and Dalton school districts. While at Jackson, he earned his building principal’s license through Ashland University in 2016, and was an assistant coach for the state championship boys basketball team in 2017. Matt was also the head boys basketball coach at Dalton High School from 2017-2019.
Matt and Maria currently reside in Canal Fulton.

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