Matthew Schenk is an educator, world traveler, and adventure-seeker based in Phoenix, Arizona. He is also an advocate for students and educators around the world. He can often be found traveling to different countries to work with schools and local leaders. So far, Matthew has gone to over a dozen countries to support educational outcomes in those areas.
Matthew Schenk currently works as a Senior Consultant for Radiant Learning, a higher education preparation organization. As part of that role, he works with schools throughout the United States, Canada, and China. The schools with which Dr. Schenk works include higher education institutions, K-12 language immersion schools, as well as schools seeking various types of accreditation.
Matthew Schenk attended Grand Canyon University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Education. He then went on to attend Northern Arizona University as a graduate student, earning his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration. Finally, he received his Doctor of Education in Leadership and Administration from Arizona State University. In his research as a doctoral student, Matthew studied the benefits of peer observation for educators. He found that when teachers can observe one another, they become more effective educators, are more satisfied with their work, and are less likely to leave the profession.
Dr. Matthew Schenk holds several educational certifications. In Arizona, he is certified as an educator in Elementary Education, Middle Grades Social Studies, Middle Grades ELA, Secondary History, and Secondary English. He is also certified as a principal, as well as an Arizona Qualified Evaluator and a Level 1 & 2 Google Certified Educator. Dr. Schenk is also certified in Structured English Immersion (SEI), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Crisis Response, Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI), and First Aid/CPR/AED.
Matthew Schenk has worked extensively at the K-12 level. He worked as a school administrator for Cave Creek Unified School District, where he supervised staff and was in charge of day-to-day operations as well as the school’s budget, security, and disciplinary decision making. He was also a teacher and an assistant principal for the Peoria Unified School District. In that role, Matthew ran day-to-day operations, developed academic programs, and hired and trained staff, in addition to attending to administrative chores. As his work has mostly included dual-language immersion schools, Mr. Schenk has traveled often, mainly to China and Mexico.
Matthew Schenk has also worked at the university level. He served as an academic associate for Arizona State University from 2017 to 2019. Academic associates are part-time university employees that teach a few courses each semester. In this role, Dr. Schenk taught 25 to 30 students, graded their coursework, and customized instruction to meet their needs. Dr. Schenk taught undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level courses.
Dr. Matthew Schenk believes that the best way to make strides in education is by hiring passionate teachers who are not only committed to their students, but also to their own personal and professional growth. He also believes that educators then need to be provided with authentic capacity development that equips them to teach today’s students best. One of his favorite quotes is one by John Dewey: “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.”