Matthew Friedman is a leader in education specializing in curriculum, instruction, and educational leadership. Mr. Friedman has been Chief Academic Officer of the Downingtown Area School District since April 2016. Before that, he was the Assistant Superintendent of the Mars Area School District where he oversaw K-12 academics, professional development, and educational technology. Previous to his time at Mars, he spent time in the Keystone Oaks School District, serving as the Supervisor of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development. He started his time there as the Assistant Middle School Principal. Mr. Friedman began his career in education at the Penn Hills School District where he was a high school social studies teacher, athletic coach and department chairman upon his graduation from the University of Pittsburgh.
Mr. Friedman is nearing completion of his doctoral studies in Educational Leadership from Gwynedd Mercy University. He received his Master of Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University as well as his Master of Science in Secondary Education from Duquesne University. Mr. Friedman also obtained his Superintendents Letter of Eligibility from Edinboro University. He currently teaches graduate education classes at Point Park University and previously taught at Robert Morris University and the Community College of Allegheny County.
Mr. Friedman currently serves on the state executive board for PASCD and PASA along with sitting on the board of the Downingtown Community Education Foundation. In addition to his service on several boards, Mr. Friedman has led dozens of workshops for school administrators and classroom teachers and is a frequent presenter on educational issues at national and state conferences.
In his spare time, Matt enjoys spending time with his family (wife, two daughters, and a son), exercising, traveling, and following all Pittsburgh sports teams.