PRINCIPAL MATTHEW REEDY

Reedy outdoor photo

I was born and raised in the Upper Hudson Valley of New York where the natural world was the daily backdrop of life, which instilled in my core being a deep respect and appreciation for the power of nature to heal, hold, and inspire us. My oldest memories are of trees and lakes and the endless view of three states from a windswept mountain top.  I will always cherish these roots for they gave me the strength to grow wings.

I have worked in education since I somewhat accidentally moved to San Francisco in 1994, first as a department administrator with the Academy of Art College and then as an Americorp reading tutor at Alvarado Elementary.  In 2001 I joined SFUSD as an elementary classroom teacher in first, second and third grades at Sunset, Garfield and Grattan Elementary schools.  After graduating from UC Berkeley’s Principal Leadership Institute in 2011, I stepped into the Leadership role at Grattan. Now after a year of travel and family time, I’m thrilled to be joining the Sherman Elementary community.

Throughout my professional journey I have had the great fortune to collaborate with some amazing national and local organizations like the Science and Education Partnership at UCSF, the San Francisco Coalition of Essential Small Schools, the Teacher Leadership Institute through the SF ED Fund, StageWrite’s ADAPTS program, the National Boards for Professional Teaching Standards, Columbia Teacher’s College, and the SFUSD Superintendents’ Fellows.  These diverse and transformative professional experiences have influenced everything I do and am in the work of public education. 

I sincerely believe that the greatest lever for social justice in our society is an equity-centered public education system.  We are the solution regardless of what is the challenge. The welcome I have received from Sherman demonstrates a truly warm and inclusive community, one which will surely continue to accomplish great things and I very much look forward to growing together with the Sherman Sharks!

Come, Join Me.

(Mr. Reedy can often be found picking compost off his shirt sleeves while playing four-square and reading kids’ poetry.)

Principal Vision

To be posted soon!