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The Manhattan Beach Unified School District welcomes a new superintendent this fall, Michael Matthews. We caught up with him just as summer ended and the school year officially kicked off.

The Manhattan Beach Unified School District welcomes a new superintendent this fall, Michael Matthews. We caught up with him just as summer ended and the school year officially kicked off.

Michael, where do you hail from originally?

MM: I was raised in Little Rock. I left Arkansas in 1980, but I still manage to use a “y’all” in a conversation. I believe it is grammatically correct and often a superior conversational option!

How did you and your family spend summer vacation?

MM: My wife, two sons and I went to Arkansas and visited with my extended family. It was 107 degrees with over 90% humidity, but somehow I still enjoyed it. But I was not complaining when I returned to summer in Manhattan Beach.

What are you most looking forward to in your new job as superintendent?

MM: I am looking forward to working with the entire Manhattan Beach community as we work together to provide the best possible education for our students. I’ve already gotten to know some outstanding people who do great things for our community, and I can’t wait to meet the students and see our schools in action.

When you’re not packing a lunch, where in the South Bay do you like to grab a bite?

MM: My favorites so far include Rock-n-Fish, Mr. Cecil’s, O-Sho, Petros and Manhattan Bread and Bagel. But I’m eager to try more. Stay tuned!

What was you favorite subject when you were in school?

MM: Although I really like math (my math-major wife and I will sometimes estimate square roots for fun), my true love is history. I love reading, thinking and teaching history. It may sound corny, but I feel so fortunate to live in the United States, and I love knowing all of our successes and failures, all of which have made us an even greater place. I believe that high-quality public education is a cornerstone of our democracy, and I am proud to play a role in our public education system. Like our country, it’s not perfect, but we can all work together to make it better.

What message would you like to share with students as they begin the new school year?

MM: I have a quote from Gandhi on my wall that I just love: “Live as if you were going to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

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