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MATTHEW MONTANO

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MATTHEW MONTANO

TITLE 

Superintendent

ORGANIZATION

Bernalillo Public Schools

BIOGRAPHY

Matt Montaño is the Superintendent of the district of Bernalillo Public Schools, beginning his role in August 2021. In this role, he has reorganized the entire leadership team to support an aggressive strategic plan that will transform the learning outcomes of a diverse student population representing seven sovereign indigenous Pueblos and eight Hispanic communities.

Prior to his current role, Matt served as the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of the Office of Special Populations and Monitoring at the Texas Education Agency (TEA), where he oversaw the areas of Special Education, English learner Support, and Highly Mobile and At-Risk students.

Mr. Montaño worked to strengthen Special Education services in Texas, expand the support and guidance for serving English learners, and implement policies and practices that create equitable opportunities and outcomes for students represented within special populations.

Mr. Montaño also served as Deputy Secretary of Teaching and Learning at the New Mexico Public Education Department overseeing Language and Culture, Teacher Quality, Special Education, and Career and Technical Education. In his role, he oversaw the development and implementation of culturally, linguistically, and sustaining practices to support the diverse students of New Mexico. This work was embedded within the NMTEACH teacher and principal support program.

Throughout his career, he has always placed students at the forefront of his leadership. He sees reform of the public education system as the single greatest opportunity to create equitable access for traditionally underserved students. He started as a substitute teacher while an undergraduate student within the Bernalillo School system in New Mexico. He served sixteen years in the district; as a classroom teacher, department chair, assessment coordinator, assistant principal at Bernalillo Middle School, and the principal at Bernalillo High School.

He is the proud father of Gabriella, Sophia, Antonio, and Lucia.

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