Phone: 845-624-3471


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education Master of Science in Literacy Education Certificate of Advanced Study in School Leadership Doctor of Education in K-12 Administration

Dr. Matthew Younghans



Welcome back Little Tor family! It is my pleasure to welcome you and your child to a new, exciting, and traditional school year. We have endured some changes to our normal these past few years, and the staff and I are overjoyed to be able to return to school this September under normal circumstances. That being said, I hope you, your children, and your family continue to be safe, healthy, and well. In addition, I hope you were able to find some time to have an enjoyable, restful summer and are now ready to begin a new school year at Little Tor Elementary School in a positive way.

My priority on a daily basis is to ensure that every student in our school community is provided the highest quality of education possible in a safe, comfortable, and supportive learning environment.  Working together as a team with our staff and parents, I am committed to helping each student achieve his/her very best in all aspects of the whole child; the physical self, the emotional self, the social self, the cognitive self, and the creative self. Every student is valued and worthy of our collective best efforts, and through our teamwork, we can together watch each child grow to their fullest potential in every aspect of their lives; adademically, socially, and emotionally. 

I believe that communication crucial to the success of each school year given the updates and information that must be passed along to you as parents and families. Please note that much of our correspondence will be via email, and will be as frequent as necessary. You should be receiving emails from me updating you on our school happenings and important information at least once per week.

To that end, if you have not already done so, I encourage you to become a member of our Parent Teacher Association.  Our returning elected Co-Presidents, Ms. Lauren DaPonte and Ms. Christine Murphy, alongside the PTA Board and many dedicated volunteers, support our children and our school community through a number of programs, school events, and family-oriented functions. These events enrich our students’ lives, and provide meaningful, fun opportunities for them to grow and learn. Our goal in support of our PTA is always 100% membership, and I am aware that the PTA Board is forward planning to a fantastic school year for our children. 

I look forward to working collaboratively with you, your children, our staff, and the greater Little Tor community to ensure that the 2022-2023 school year is a positive, engaging, and successful experience for everyone.

Best wishes for an exceptional and fulfilling school year!

Matthew Younghans, Ed.D.