Matthew Tessier, Ed.D.
National Center for urban school transformation
Dr. Matthew Tessier has been serving the educational community for the past 25 years in a variety of roles. He began his teaching career at Feaster – Edison Charter School in Chula Vista and taught 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades. Matthew worked as a National Mathematics Trainer for Edison Schools, leading math instruction for 20 schools in California, Texas, and Georgia. His administrative career has been marked by dramatic improvements in student achievement at each site he led. While a Principal in Chula Vista, he safely led Loma Verde School out of Program Improvement Year 2 and Harborside School out of Program Improvement Year 5, taking the school from a 701 API score to 843 within three years, and earning California Distinguished School recognition. Dr. Tessier was the Director of Technology and Student Assessment in the National School District before returning to Chula Vista as the Executive Director of Technology and Instruction, and then becoming the Assistant Superintendent of Innovation and Instruction. Dr. Tessier now serves the San Diego County Office of Education as the Assistant Superintendent of Innovation and is an active Board member for Junior Achievement San Diego, and the Classroom of the Future Foundation. He received his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees from San Diego State University.
Matthew believes that human-centered leadership entails distributive leadership that focuses on strengths rather than deficits and facilitating multiple opportunities for each person in the organization to lead work that supports all San Diego County students