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About Matt Clay

Husband and father of four wonderful children: Mikalah, Cole, Anna and Kiera. Devoted to helping my family grow and learn both mentally and physically, in doing this I make great efforts to lead them by example, "You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives."  ~Clay P. Bedford


I am delighted to submit my resume in consideration for the Computer Information System Instructor..With experience in program initiatives, optimizing the learning atmosphere, staff development, and curriculum, you will find that I am well-equipped to fulfill the needs of this position, with the capacity to exceed expectations.

Technology Integration

Moodle is an online learning management system. I created this course to supplement my Woods classes.

Letters of Recommendation

Given upon request

In Closing

Technology is the driving force behind the type of change we are seeing in education. I want to be part of this change and I believe the Computer Information Systems Instructor is on the right track by being innovative and a leader in education technology. I enjoy teaching people and believe this position is a great fit. I hope to have the opportunity to discuss this further with you in an interview.


Dedicated and resourceful professional driven to lead innovative and robust educational environments through effective use of technology, strategic planning, and leadership dedication. Creating and leading policies and practices that promote a safe and friendly learning environment. Ensure a culture of continuous improvement for staff and citizens; foster open communication with colleagues,and mentor educators in the creation and implementation of class instruction, lesson plans and student assessment to exceed expectations.

Core Competencies

Student-Centered Instruction Program Development Parental & Community Involvement Attendance and Grade Reports Individual Education Plans Curriculum Development and Implementation Extracurricular Involvement Training & Development Team Building Classroom Management Technology Integration & Implementation

Demonstrable Leadership Competencies

Director of Information Technology • Vice President, South Haven Education Association • Union Negotiating Team Member • South Haven Public Schools District Technology Coordinator • NCA Review Member • South Haven Public Schools Bond Steering Committee Member • School Improvement Team Member • District Technology Team Member • Mentor Teacher • Coach • State Rules Committee for MITES organization • State Woods Representative (MITES) • Land Use Board Memeber

“Most of all, Matt has shown a unique ability to lead others.  His maturity, honesty and hard work have impressed both me and his fellow staff.  He has the ability to inspire and lead others while maintaining a solid grip on reality.  While he clearly provides positive leadership, he understands when things need fixing and is not afraid to provide good constructive criticism when needed.”

Dene Hadden, Principal (retired), South Haven

Work experience

Work Experience

Director of Information Technology - Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians        2012-Current

58620 Sink Rd. Dowagiac, MI 49047

  • Create and lead Strategic Vision for the Tribe
  • Evaluate and assess technology
  • Implement Business Intelligence systems
  • Update and improve network infrastructure
  • Create IT policies and procedures for department/organization
  • Provide customer service to all, departments, BCCs, and Tribal Council
  • Work with partner companies to implement/update systems

Training and Development Specialist - Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians    2011-2012

58620 Sink Rd., Dowagiac, MI 49047

  • Abminister all facets of Success Factors-Review Management System
  • Apprenticeship Program Liaison
  • Leadership Training Facilitator
  • Administer all facets of GeoLearning-LMS
  • Identify the purpose for requested training, create needs analysis, assessment
  • Develop and maintain Training Effectiveness Grids
  • Implemented Honeywell System and Electronic Heath Records

District Technology Coordinator – South Haven Public Schools                              2009 – 2011 554 Green St., South Haven, MI 49090

  • Work with principals, department heads, teachers, and others involved with the district technology plan.
  • Develop a cadre of school level technology leaders who will help implement the plan.
  • Meet with school level technology leaders and technology committees for each school building in order to assist in implementation of the district plan as a school level.
  • Facilitates staff participation in the evaluation and selections of new software, hardware, and materials to support instructional objectives.
  • Develop a district technology resource center to be used by school level technology leaders, teachers, and students.
  • Instituted “21 Things for the Twenty-First Century Educator” class.
  • Pinnacle lead person for the district.
  • Worked with Curriculum Director to align subject areas with Common Core and State Standards.

Teacher – South Haven Public Schools                                                                      2002 – Present 600 Elkenburg St., South Haven, MI 49090

Reestablished the wood working program into an award winning, safe learning environment, started with three student participants in the Michigan Industrial Technology & Educational Society (MITES), my first year to having more than 30 compete in 2010, with 20 of those advancing to the state and 7 placing in the top ten at state.

I accomplished my personal goal to create a competitive, award-winning and highly-safe Industrial Technology program within 5 years, including advanced furniture design and construction.  Incorporated technology into the class curriculum using Moodle, a course management software to supplement student learning.

  • Instructional activities that contribute to a climate where students are actively engaged in meaningful learning experiences.
  • Identifies, selects, and modifies instructional resources to meet the needs of the students with varying backgrounds, learning styles, and special needs.
  • Assists in assessing changing curricular needs and offers plans for improvement.
  • Maintains effective and efficient record keeping procedures.
  • Provides a positive environment in which students are encouraged to be actively engaged in the learning process.
  • Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing, with students, parents, and other professionals on a regular basis.
  • Collaborates with peers to enhance the instructional environment.
  • Models professional and ethical standards when dealing with students, parents, peers, and community.
  • Ensures that student growth and achievement is continuous and appropriate for age group, subject area, and/or program classification.
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with students, parents, and schools.
  • Assumes responsibility for meeting his/her course and school-wide student performance goals.
  • Demonstrates gains in student performance.
  • Participates in training and presentations about online teaching.
  • Meets professional obligations through efficient work habits such as: meeting deadlines, honoring schedules, coordinating.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned by supervisor.



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