Matthew Malone, Secretary of Education
As Secretary of Education, Matthew Malone directs the Executive Office of Education and works closely with the Commonwealth’s education agencies – Department of Early Education and Care, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Higher Education and the University of Massachusetts system - while serving as a voting member of the governing board of all four education agencies. He is the Governor’s top advisor on education and helps shape the Commonwealth’s continuous education reform agenda.
Prior to his appointment as Secretary, Dr. Malone served as the Superintendent of the Brockton Public Schools, and brings real-world experience managing the fourth largest school district in the state to his new role as Secretary. While Superintendent in Brockton, Dr. Malone led the development of an innovative strategy to increase student achievement known as R3: “Realigning Resources for Results,” focused on supporting learning and teaching in the classroom. This initiative, and others he helped implement, resulted in both increased student achievement and the narrowing of achievement gaps among students in Brockton.
Prior to his time in Brockton, Dr. Malone served as the Superintendent of the Swampscott Public Schools from 2005-2009, where he led a small suburban system serving 2,400 students from pre-K through grade 12. During his tenure in Swampscott, student achievement results increased in nearly all measurable areas.
He previously served as a Special Assistant to the Superintendent/Instruction Leader in the San Diego City School District where he was responsible for the supervision and evaluation of twenty-six school principals serving 14,000 students. In this role, he was responsible for leading the small high school renewal initiative, successfully converting three large underperforming high schools into 14 autonomous, career-themed high schools. In this role, Dr. Malone also served as the Executive Director of the Office of Secondary School Innovation and was responsible for the redesign of a middle school converted into three autonomous small thematic middle schools, alternative education, and the design and opening of the first MET high school in San Diego.
Prior to his work in San Diego, Dr. Malone was the Headmaster of Monument High School in South Boston, where he co-led the transformation of this large underperforming high school into three small, effective high schools. At Monument, he partnered with the Boston Police Department, Boston Fire Department and Boston’s Emergency Medical Services Department to create the first public safety/criminal justice high school in New England. His work at Monument High School became a model for high school conversions in the Boston Public Schools.
Dr. Malone has also served as a middle school assistant principal in Duxbury, Massachusetts, and taught social studies at the Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Boston as that school successfully worked to regain its state accreditation. Dr. Malone began his career as both a Paraprofessional and long-term substitute teacher in Boston Public Schools at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School.
Before beginning his career in education, Malone served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He is a Combat Veteran of the Persian Gulf War having served in the Saudi Arabian and Kuwaiti Theatres of Operations with the First Marine Division.
Dr. Malone received a Bachelor of Science degree in History from Suffolk University, and earned his Masters of Education and Doctor of Philosophy in School Education degrees from Boston College. Dr. Malone is the parent of two Boston Public School children and lives with his family in Roslindale.