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Matthew Venhorst: Following his graduation from Middlebury in 2001 as a SOAN major, Matt earned a Master of Education, with a concentration in Administration, Planning & Social Policy, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Matt went on to work in the field of institutional research in Dartmouth College’s Office of Evaluation and Research. In that role, Matt analyzed student survey data in preparing reports for college administrators on a broad range of topics related to student life. Matt then attended law school at the University of Connecticut School of Law, graduating with high honors in 2007.
After law school, Matt served as a law clerk at the Connecticut Supreme Court, before entering private practice at the law firm of Shipman & Goodwin, based in Hartford Connecticut. At Shipman & Goodwin, Matt worked in the school law practice group, representing board of education employers in all aspects of school law, including student discipline matters, board of education policy development, and employee and labor relations issues. Since 2010, Matt has served as an an attorney with the Connecticut Department of Education, where he provides general legal advice to Department staff and handles a variety matters including administrative hearings, employee relations matters, regional school district issues, among many others.