Bruce Harlan » Biography


Mr. Harlan came to St. Matthew’s as a young arts and crafts assistant at St. Matthew’s Day Camp. While continuing working at the camp in the summers, he graduated from Palisades High School, then earned a degree in Environmental Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara. His work with kids at summer camp led him to pursue a teaching credential in Biology and Physical Science at California State University, San Diego. After teaching for a year in San Diego, Mr. Harlan returned to St. Matthew’s where he was the Science Department Coordinator for more than 20 years. Mr. Harlan is proud to have developed the D.E.E.P program which has earned national teaching awards for innovation and technology. In 2013 Mr. Harlan assumed the role of principal for Grades 5 -8.  Mr. Harlan enjoys spending time with his family, surfing, water skiing, scuba diving, and reading at the beach.