- By: Ken Gracey Published: 21 August, 2015 4 comments
In July we made a very exciting addition to the Parallax team, Matt Matz. Matt is a well-spoken, calm and professional addition to our team. He’s currently sitting among our education team with Andy, Stephanie, Courtney and Julia. He’s come up to speed really quickly and we felt it was time to introduce Matt to our customers. I asked Matt to tell us a little about himself.
I grew up in Minnesota, not very far away from Fargo, ND. I spent a lot of time with my grandfather who was a master electrician. Fortunately, my parents never got too upset when I started taking everything in the house apart to try to figure out how things worked.
I had a few amazing teachers in high school, who inspired me to become a teacher. I met my wife Heather in college and after graduation, we moved to her home in Oregon. I taught middle and high school science for 5 years, and although I loved teaching, I moved into school administration. From there, I spent five years as a high school assistant principal and then two more as an elementary principal.
I kept up with electronics as a hobby, and I was shopping for parts when I came across the posting for a STEM educator here at Parallax. I've been here for six weeks, and I still think that getting hired here was like winning the lottery! It is awesome to work here - along with the electronics, getting to wear a t-shirt to work is an awesome job perk! My daughter loves playing with robots, too - joining Parallax has been a great transition for us as a family.
I am excited to begin working with teachers who want to give their students an inspiring science, technology, engineering, and math education. I want to make sure that you have all the tools you need to be successful Parallax products in your classrooms.
Matt is actively working towards making the Parallax robotics program a California UC-certified class for high school, preparing standards-correlated curriculum to accompany our tutorials, and interfacing the Raspberry Pi to our robots. If there was a missing need at Parallax, it’s exactly what Matt is doing: making it as easy as possible for educators to integrate our robots into their STEM courses.
Please make a post below and welcome Matt to your Parallax team!
Sincerely, Ken Gracey