Matt grew up in San Francisco, CA. After years of questioning whether something was affecting his academics, he was diagnosed with a processing disorder and short-term memory loss in his sophomore year of high school. He is a hands-on and visual learner who enjoys connecting with his peers. He was introduced to Eye to Eye his sophomore year of high school and worked as a mentor, Chapter Leader, and Diplomat. He earned a B.A. in Strategic Communication with a minor in Political Science from Loyola University New Orleans in 2019. After college, he worked in public relations and tech sales. In his current role, Matt is looking forward to working with Chapter Leaders from various backgrounds and helping to support the continued success of Eye to Eye. He enjoys traveling, running, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.
“You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.”
Why this Work is Important To Me
For so long, I was told that I was a lazy child and I was not putting enough effort into my school work. This was confusing and difficult for me because it seemed like it wasn’t enough no matter how hard I tried. I felt like my teachers didn’t understand what I was going through. When I became a mentor for Eye to Eye, it helped boost my confidence and let me find out what type of learner I am. I want to give back and help students who learn differently so they can build personal and educational success early on. Eye to Eye was a game-changer for me, and I know it can be for the next generation of students who think differently.
Favorite Part of My Job
I am looking forward to connecting with students from across the country who think differently. It is extremely rewarding for me to see mentors and mentees grow and become confident in their abilities. The strong sense of community that Eye to Eye brings to the art room is incredible, and this job gives me a front-row seat to witness all of it. There’s so much to learn from this community of students who think differently, and I am so grateful to be a part of it.