Matt Walsh came to NIET as a senior specialist for Indiana in his 29th year of serving as an educator. Previously, he served the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) as the academic course specialist and assistant director for literacy and academics. While working with IDOE, he was responsible for processes that impacted curriculum and instruction, including the curation of state courses and the revision of Indiana’s world languages and social studies academic standards. In 2020, he led the development of Indiana’s Climate Change Education Framework in partnership with Purdue University.
Prior to IDOE, Matt served in several different administration roles at the Brownsburg Community Schools, including as an assistant principal at Brownsburg West Middle School, the curriculum director, and as a team member of the secondary department coordinators. In this latest role, he and his colleagues developed Brownsburg’s highly effective PLC process and was the recipient of the “Realizing the Dream Award” as a most influential educator by the Independent Colleges of Indiana.
Matt’s teaching career began in 1992 as a middle school social studies teacher in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Zionsville Community Schools, and Los Alamos Public Schools in New Mexico. After returning from New Mexico, Matt taught middle school social studies at Brownsburg Junior High School. During this time, Matt received the national Milken Educator Award in 2003. Matt received his bachelor’s degree in secondary social studies education from Indiana University and master’s of secondary school administration from Butler University.