I lead because, as an educator, my first and most lasting impact on students is based on my actions, not my words. To educate, motivate, and inspire students, I must emulate the behaviors and expectations I hold them to.
There have been so many mentors in my life. My mom worked tirelessly as a single mother and full-time operating room nurse. Everything she did was to ensure that I became a successful adult. And my tenth grade U.S. History teacher truly engaged me as a student and, ultimately, made me realize I wanted to be a teacher.
Running for office has been eye-opening, educational, and a great opportunity. Meeting different people reminds you that, as neighbors, we all share the same values and want the same results: great schools, safe roads, and a healthy environment. To be the advocate for a group of people, you must be prepared to listen to people from all walks of life, and that’s what I’ve been doing.
For far too long, women have been underrepresented in astonishing percentages. I’m proud to be running alongside, mentored by, and surrounded by so many strong, intelligent, progressive women candidates and elected officials.
Matt starts each day teaching future Michigan leaders and voters AP Government, Civics, and ninth grade English. He knows firsthand the importance of improving and investing in schools. After school, he continues his learning experience by knocking on doors, listening to and engaging with neighbors, and finding out how he can make his community better for everyone.