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School District 65 welcomes Matsuo Marti as its new Director of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). He joins the District’s curriculum and instruction team and will oversee STEM learning for all children. Mr. Marti considers himself a scientist, engineer, and innovator at heart.

 “Matsuo is a wonderful addition to the District 65 team. His passion for all things STEM is apparent. He is imaginative, inquisitive, and has a rich history in education, research, and engineering,” said Paul Goren, District 65 Superintendent of Schools. “As a community, we have embraced STEM learning and are committed to achieving STEM literacy for all children. I am confident of Matsuo’s abilities and know we have the right person leading our efforts in District 65.”

Mr. Marti was the founding principal of Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy, an open enrollment Early College STEM high school within Chicago Public Schools, designed to transform secondary education by combining the world of high school, college, and career. He is excited to be a part of the District 65 team and looks forward to developing future innovators that will shape our world with their creativity, critical thinking, and commitment to improving the lives of human kind. “I see the world as a series of endless questions, discoveries and problems with innovative solutions that can make a real difference,” said Mr. Marti. “Through my passion for science, I have committed to sparking the minds of future innovators in hopes that they can experience the same joy and excitement.”

Mr. Marti grew up on Chicago’s South Side and is a product of the Chicago Public School system.  Prior to becoming an educator, he worked as a research and design engineer for Motorola, designing computer chips for cellular phones.  Mr. Marti earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois; a Master’s in Education from DePaul University; and a Master’s in Educational Administration and Supervision from National Louis University.

“As the Director of STEM, it is my challenge to develop future innovators.  We need to encourage our children and ignite that spark within so that they learn to use their imagination to see what has yet to be seen, create what has yet to be created, and dream what has yet to be dreamt. I look forward to this challenge,” said Mr. Marti.

Mr. Marti replaces Jesch Reyes as Director of STEM. Mr. Reyes resigned his position in July 2015 and has since accepted a position in the San Francisco Unified School District.