Matt Smith

Doctoral Student
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Matt L. Smith is a second-year doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He learned the value of inquiry and education early in life, inspired by the teachings and experiments of his grandfather, a lifelong high school Physics teacher. Called to the profession, Matt became a High School Social Studies teacher in an urban school district in metropolitan Atlanta. Subsequently, Matt served his school district as a School Improvement Specialist, Assistant Principal, and District Social Studies Coordinator. Most recently, Matt was the Principal of Morrow Middle School in Morrow, GA. Matt’s major accomplishments include founding the first Dual Language Spanish Immersion Magnet program in his district as well as serving as a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Chairman during the district’s pivotal reaccreditation process.
Matt recognizes the value of personalized learning as way to improve educational outcomes for all children.



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