Matt has more than 20 years of experience working in education from
Pre-K to University including:
CEO of Educational Makeover, an organization
dedicated to providing free educational coaching
Truman University Board of Trustees
Rice University Associate - McMurtry College
College of Biblical Studies Board of Trustees
HISD Energy Institute High School Advisory Board Member
BakerRipley Charter School Board of Trustees
University of Houston National Leadership Alliance Board Member
Yellowstone Charter Board of Trustees
BakerRipley Head Start/Early Start System Board of Trustees
Nehemiah Center College Prep Coordinator
Excellence Without Exception
Excellence is the baseline for our campaign and together we will work to fix the broken dysfunctional HISD system by providing dedicated and real leadership at the Board and community level.
Job #1 – Every HISD child must be able to read by the 3rd grade, without exception.
Parents, teachers, trustees and the community will partner to ensure student success.
Each student must be college or workforce ready upon graduation.
More about Matt
While working in philanthropy, Matt conducted local and national research on the social, academic, and health challenges facing boys and young men of color. During this time, he worked with national foundation leaders on what would later become President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.
In Matt’s research and practice, he found that the parental role was the single best predictor of successful educational and social outcomes for young people. He also found that the parent is often the least skilled at engaging in, and advocating for, their children. Since 2013, Matt has provided free educational coaching to parents helping them learn how to navigate the educational system towards academic success. Through this work, he is a regular radio show personality, public speaker, and workshop leader.
Matthew is happily married to Ann Barnes, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer of Legacy Community Health, is a devoted father of three fantastic children, enjoys swimming, biking, and running, and is a deacon at the City of Refuge Church.