Matthew Cushing received a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Houston in 1999. While completing his coursework at the University of Houston in education, he focused on Early Childhood and Earth Science. In 2008, he obtained a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology with a Specialization in Human Resources Management from the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL). In addition, he also received a certification in Professional Development from UHCL.
Matthew spent 7 years in the classroom teaching both 2nd and 3rd grades for Spring Branch ISD and developed a passion for science and technology. Acting on this passion, he moved from the classroom to become a District Educational Technology Specialist and Science Specialist. Throughout the course of his time with Spring Branch ISD, Matthew served on various committees including: textbook adoption, district technology, science and social studies curriculum writing, and the newly constructed PSE building. He was a district trainer for science content, technology, and effective instruction. After leaving Spring Branch ISD he joined the Region 10 ESC staff as a member of the Texas Virtual School Network project. This opportunity has allowed him to work closely with the Texas Education Agency, various districts across Texas, and national online education associations. He served as a mentor for teachHouston and has presented at local, state and national conferences in the areas of technology integration, science, and online learning. Matthew joined the staff at R-STEM in 2012 and served as the Associate Director for the ConocoPhillips Rice Elementary Model STEM Lab (REMSL), the Director of Programs and Operations, and now serves as the Executive Director.
Matthew’s special interests include the integration of technology into classrooms and distance learning. With the constant changing landscape of technology in today’s society it is in the classroom that Matthew looks for opportunities where technology integration can be incorporated in meaningful ways. He currently serves on the Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT) Executive Board, the Texas EcosySTEM Executive Committee, and the 1st-Gen Scholars as an Executive Board member.