A native of Xenia, Ohio, Matt attended Carroll High School, a private Catholic school in Dayton, Ohio. After graduating, Matt attended The Ohio State University where he majored in Economics. After college, Matt earned his Master’s in Education from Antioch University while also working for the prestigious Thomas B. Fordham Institute, an organization dedicated to reforming education at the national level. These experiences guided Matt’s interest into joining Teach for America, which brought Matt to the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas.
As a Corps Member, he taught AP World History at Roma High School and came to IDEA Pharr College Prep as the founding AP World History Teacher and the 10th Grade Team Leader. After leading the district in AP testing results, Matt became an Assistant Principal of Instruction, Principal in Residence and Principal at IDEA Mission College Prep. Here he helped drastically improve results in state accountability, teacher retention and student attrition, helping the school climb the national rankings list in both the Washington Post and U.S. News and World Report. Matt currently serves as Vice President of Schools, where he manages eight schools across the Rio Grande Valley, coaching principals to help create transformational change in their students’ lives and their communities.
Matt currently lives in McAllen, TX with his wife and five children. They are his motivation and drive him to become a better husband, father and servant every day.