Principal's Message

Matthew Ventresca

Hello Highland Park Family!

Let me introduce myself. I am a proud family man with my wife, Kayla (a Lewistown native), and 2 lively, energetic boys Gavin and Rory. I also have a hairy, blonde, 4-legged daughter. My dog Mae. I love spending time with my incredible family and doing anything outdoors. Fishing, hunting, and camping just to name a few.

I was born and raised in Missoula, MT and graduated from Sentinel High School. From there I attended Carroll College in Helena, MT and graduated with a major in Elementary Education and minor in Health and Physical Education. While at Carroll I played football and was fortunate enough to play on 2 National Championship teams. After graduating from Carroll in 2004 I taught 5th grade at Bryant Elementary in Helena, MT for 8 years. During this time I attended the University of Montana and earned my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and received my K-12 Principal Endorsement. I also taught Health and PE at Helena High School for 2 years. During my time in Helena I coached football at Carroll College for 2 years and football at Helena High for 8 years. I also coached track for 8 years at Helena High.

In 2014 I pursued the Lewistown Elementary Principal opening and jumped at the opportunity to become the principal at Garfield Elementary! I feel so blessed to be apart of this school community and the entire Lewistown community. My first year at Garfield was the 2014-2015 school year and this coming year will be the principal at Highland Park, where Garfield's 3rd & 4th grade family will be morphing with the 2nd grade teachers to create a wonderful staff.

As we start a new experience and new beginning, I want everyone to feel like they are apart of our "Highland Park Family." My goal is to help create a safe, caring, and highly effective learning environment to help all students succeed in the 21st Century!

Mr. Matthew Ventresca


Archived Messages
Contact Us
Highland Park Elementary1312 7th Avenue North
Lewistown, MT 59457
View Map & Directions
Phone: (406) 535 - 2555
Fax: (406) 535 - 4617