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Welcome from Matt Gossage

Interim Head of School

We are grateful for your interest in Cannon School. We hope for two things as you move through our website: you will find the information you want, and you will be encouraged to visit our campus to see our community firsthand.

We believe our school is a special place – one comprised of people who take their work very seriously, yet don’t take themselves so seriously that they miss the joy of being together. We are people, young and old, committed to personal growth, and to building relationships found at the heart of learning. A lightness exists in our halls and on our fields because people here tend to take care of each other. We’re a school where children are provided a base of consistent support to stretch for goals just out of reach, empowered with the courage to dig deep for understanding.

This is what we see in Cannon School. We’d love the opportunity to learn what you see. Please consider this note an open invitation to visit. We look forward to meeting you on our campus, having this important exchange, and learning what you value for your children.


Matt Gossage
Interim Head of School


Born in Atlanta, Matt Gossage graduated cum laude with a BA in English and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Vanderbilt University. He earned a second graduate degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education: a Masters of Education with a focus on Administrative Planning and Social Policy. Mr. Gossage taught in public and private schools for over a decade before serving seven years as Headmaster at Westminster of Augusta in Georgia. He then served as Head of School at Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School in St. Louis, Missouri for 12 years, departing to take the lead at Cannon in 2006. He served as Cannon's Head of School until June 2019.

Matt is currently serving as Cannon's Interim Head of School, beginning October 6, 2023.

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