About Me

My Career

Since 1984, I l have loved my work as a proud California public school educator. I have been a high school history teacher, a high school principal, an assistant superintendent of human resources, and a superintendent in both Manhattan Beach and Placentia-Yorba Linda. I officially retired on July 1, 2023.

Educational Consulting

I feel fortunate that I am able to continue contributing to public education through my consulting efforts. I have enjoyed coaching educators in their careers and lives, supporting new superintendents, and helping districts and school boards when they need human resources, superintendent, or overall leadership support. Please contact me if you would like to discuss how I can support you or your district.

At Home

My wife Jill is also a public school educator, and we are enjoying our life as empty nesters. Our two sons are out of the house – Ryan is an attorney in Sacramento and Dawson is a junior at Colorado School of Mines. I relish talking, writing, and thinking about parenting, public education, family, retirement, all things California and Arkansas, bicycling, swimming, cooking, bbq, golf, pickleball, Evernote, and Big Green Eggs.

My Website

I use this website to share my stories, my books that I read, and my favorite recipes. I love that my posts connect friends and family from all of my experiences over the years. I also have readers whom I have not yet met, and I am grateful for them too. My favorite posts are the ones that create dialogue through the comments.

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Thanks for your interest, and I hope my musings make you think, reflect, and laugh, at least a little.

– Mike

Michael D. Matthews, Ed.D.

One Comment

  1. Thanks, Pat. This will sound wrong, but I love that line too! I even looked it up on Google to make sure I wasn’t remembering it from something I read. I’m glad it hit home for you.

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