Matthew Goodman joined Avenues in the fall of 2018 as an English teacher in the Upper Division. An accomplished writer, Matthew’s novel Hold Love Strong was nominated for an Alex Award by the American Library Association and was both a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers book and a USA Today New Voices Pick. Matthew joined us from High Tech High and the University of San Diego, where his teaching focused on student-centered learning, 21st century literacy skills, ethnic studies and inclusivity. His additional teaching experience includes working as a faculty member at Colegio Nido de Aguilas in Santiago, Chile, as an adjunct lecturer in the English department at Hunter College and as a teacher in the Student Transitional Education Program through the NYC Department of Education.
Outside of his teaching experience, Matthew has served as a coordinator of the New York Juvenile Justice Initiative where he managed partnerships between more than 40 philanthropic foundations, community organizations and government officials and created the NYJJI Youth Council. He also served as an education development director, where he created and supervised “The Scholars Institute,” a literacy program for teenagers on the spectrum of the juvenile justice system, among others.
Matthew has been published in a variety of journals and magazines, including Education Week, Pen America, the Multicultural Review and more. He has been nominated for a Google Innovator Award, named a visiting writer at Phillips Exeter Academy and received a grant through the US Embassy Cultural Affairs Department (Chile) to share best practices with teachers in agricultural communities in Chile. He obtained a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Emerson College and a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Literature from Brandeis University.
In his spare time, Matthew enjoys learning, getting lost, reading, writing, making things and traveling with his wife and sons.
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