“I am running for our children, our teachers and our community. I am running to represent you.”
Matthew is a k-12 product of Washoe County schools. He enjoys his wonderful, supportive family, and friends. He cares about the community he lives in, loves all people and wishes to see other WCSD students provided with the same fundamental values of a unified community and the valuable education that built him. He wishes to preserve and protect our educational system, teachers, children and communities.
He is grounded by his faith and is a husband and father. He is blessed with his gorgeous wife and together they raise their three children with love and discipline.
On graduation day from McQueen HS in 1996, Matthew explained to his schoolmates, “I want to help the world be a more beautiful place.” Today, he hopes for the opportunity to serve WCSD youth, teachers and the community as your trustee. He wants to see students find their future through education.
Like others, in high school, he learned the importance of the R.M.A “right mental attitude” from his coach and educator, the late great Ken Dalton. Many other great influences in his life, like coach and educator Ken Cass all taught things that impacted him for life. Matthew says, “Timeless values, ideals and investments that our educators bestow upon us, don’t only shape the singular, but impact our future and community.”
Matthew spent a few years volunteering on the Board of Reno American Little League and has coached little league baseball for a span of three years going into his fourth season. As a coach he has seen the raw players walk onto the field unprepared, curious and insecure and has watched them transform. He believes the responsibility in patiently observing and helping each student discover their inherent gifts, traits, potential and talents in the classroom assists them to be successful, just as it does on the field. He adds, “When cared for, the same player who walked in shy, transforms into an energized, excited, confident, and better equipped player.” and “What a joy it is to see the dull glimmer in the child’s eyes turn into a lightning bolt of focused undeniable energy. Like jet propulsion, as they find their gifts, they fuel up and take off.” He believes, “This is not the responsibility of any one person, it’s part of the journey and it takes an amalgamated team effort.”
The reason Matthew is running is based off of a vision he shares with many people, to reconnect great communities and help children thrive. Teachers, parents, and organizations help our children grow and stand strong. This belief, tireless passion, and care Matthew holds for school aged children’s development, both in the classroom and the field of play, is evident. He thinks whether it is in an algebra class, on a chess table, mechanical-shop, wood-shop, or an art studio a much needed balance is met. He says, “It’s the students self discovery, finding their future in school that motivates positive momentum.” His basic belief is as follows: a young child built up with character through each students own developmental journey and diversity, will be a strong child. Along with helping them understand their own unique value, potential, ability, and future the sky’s the limit. After hearing from WCSD students, motivation is low, he now intensely studies demotivating and motivating factors for children in school and the ways to motivate students intrinsically. He will continue, to study our school system, look for ways to improve its value and engage, educators, children, counselors, parents and community leaders for input. Solutions to the problems are available and the determining factors have already been identified through research and precedence and put into practice by others.
Matthew loves the Latin language and speaks some Spanish. He has worked for a large ISP for 15 years and is a Network Technician, working on complex enterprise topologies and technologies, many that support our community. He is a thinker, has a keen sense for detail and must routinely use his analytical and communication abilities to troubleshoot, maintain, plan, engineer and install critical and complex infrastructure.
He understands that the COVID pandemic situation must not be allowed to cripple our education system. He understands the importance of planning for the unpredictable and knows this takes a comprehensive, well thought out A, B and C plan. In this ever-changing world and especially in these unprecedented times of change he understands that “all hands must be on deck to research and deliver the best technologically sound, interactive platform by which the student is educated”. We all understand that as a community we must be nimble and flexible in order to continue to deliver valuable and vital knowledge to our students, whether at school or remote.
In 1997-98 he attended TMCC on a two year fine arts scholarship. Matthew did not seek a degree – read about his educational experience under “AboutMatthew”. Matthew has studied many different information technologies and is a CCENT, working on his degree of Science and Communication. By his colleagues, Matthew is known as an enthusiastic and passionate person with the drive to contagiously invigorate others. He is also known by his great attitude, his positive and kind demeanor and work ethic. He is a person of great care and an innovative thinker who knows how to make results happen.
Matthew wants to be your ambassador, your candidate and represent you well. Please consider voting for him.
People of the 89503, 89523, 89512, 89439 and 7th ave in 89433, 89506 and 89431, He has been your neighbor for 40 years,
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