Matt was born in Waco, TX and raised in the wilds of Robinson (just outside of Waco). After surviving high school, he went to MCC and Baylor University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in art education and science education. Since then he has worked as a health inspector, junior high teacher, tutor, writer, web designer, adjunct professor, and instructional designer. And, yes, he does have many interesting stories about all of those positions, especially the first two.
Currently, Matt works as the Learning Innovation Researcher at the University of Texas at Arlington’s Learning Innovations and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Research Lab. He has been involved in education in some form since 1994. Matt also started the EduGeek Journal blog, an online community promoting news and views from the world of educational technology.
In 2006, Matt received his Masters of Education degree in Educational Technology from the University of Texas at Brownsville (now the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) online. In 2016 he received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Learning Technologies from the University of North Texas.
Matt and his beautiful wife Katie love to travel. Their favorite country to go to is India, but they have also been to Morocco, Germany, England, France, Spain, Mexico, Jordan, the middle of nowhere, and back again. They sometimes thought they wanted to go on The Amazing Race someday – but they really aren’t that competitive. Matt loves to collect weird instruments in these countries and then inflict them on unsuspecting guests. He also likes drawing, science fiction, music, and trying new foods. Sometimes all at the same time.
Matt is also now a Dad as of August 2010 and loving it. Matt and Katie have a fun, energetic little boy that keeps showing them how amazing life is.