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New secretary brings wide range of experience to statewide role
By Jean Conley
F ormer Brockton School Superintendent Matthew H. Malone began his new job as Massachusetts Secretary of Education on Jan.
14, replacing Paul Reville in that post.
Governor Deval Patrick said Malone brings
a “keen understanding of the challenges facing
Gateway City schools to his new role.” The governor
pointed to Malone’s “tremendous amount of passion”
and his stewardship of the Brockton Public Schools
for more than three years. Brockton has the state’s
fourth-largest school district, with about 16,000
MTA President Paul Toner also offered praise
“Matt has spent his career in public education,
and he understands the needs of our students,” Toner
said. “In addition to a strong leadership background,
he brings a wealth of firsthand classroom experience
as an ESP and a teacher to his new position.”
During Malone’s first year as superintendent
in Brockton, he studied the schools’ organizational
structure, convened teams to design best practices
and wrote “Realigning Resources for Results (R³),”
a three- to five-year strategic blueprint for improving
student achievement and increasing efficiencies.
“Education is the great equalizer,” said Malone,
“and it is incumbent upon the schools to prepare the
students of today for the challenges of tomorrow.
There are unique challenges to working in urban
school systems where poverty, language barriers
and other special needs are represented in greater
Kim Gibson, president of the Brockton
Education Association, called Malone “a leader with
vision, integrity and passion.”
“Dr. Malone created an environment of
collaboration during his time in Brockton,” Gibson
said, “and made sure the union was involved in
conversations during the planning phases of any
changes the system was contemplating.
“The respect that the superintendent had for
the BEA was evident and served the students and
teachers of Brockton very well,” she added.
B efore coming to Brockton, Malone served as superintendent of the 2,400-student Swampscott Public Schools from 2005
Prior to taking that post, Malone served as a
special assistant to the superintendent/instructional
leader in the San Diego school district in California.
In that role, he led the Small High School Renewal
Initiative, successfully converting three large
underperforming high schools into 14 career-themed
high schools, among other accomplishments.
He has worked in
the Boston school system
as a paraprofessional, a
headmaster and a social
studies teacher. He also
was a middle school
assistant principal in
Malone served as a
sergeant in the Marines
during the Persian Gulf
War, in both the Saudi
Arabian and Kuwaiti
He holds a bachelor’s
degree in history from
Suffolk University. He also earned a master’s degree
in education and a Ph.D. in education/administration/
school leadership from Boston College. Malone lives
in Roslindale and has two children in the Boston
Reville, along with other key officials, left the
administration as Patrick entered the last two years
of his gubernatorial term.
Matthew H. Malone
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What began as a pacifist
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and prayer became a fiery and
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changed the nation.
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