Matthew Mann is a passionate and forward-thinking educational administrator in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, professional in the field of academics.
With over a decade of experience in various education administration roles, Matthew has continuously addressed and met the evolving workforce needs of Pennsylvania. His approach to career-focused education is built on two pillars: his desire to help people grow, and his understanding of the requirements of a successful 21st-century workforce.
Prior to his shift into administration, Matthew Mann got his start in education as a career and technical teacher. For fifteen years Matthew taught auto mechanics and transportation courses at Lancaster County Career and Technology Center.
As fulfilling as it was to teach, Matthew strove to address the administrative shortcomings he saw on a local level. At the same time, mindful of the shifting state of Pennsylvania education, he wondered if he could expand his impact on a larger scale. He got his answer from his longtime mentor, the principal of the Center at the time:
Inspired by this notion, Matthew took the leap: he earned the administrative certifications he needed to become a change agent within the field of academics and shape the future of his career.
“You cannot drive from the backseat.”
Matthew Mann moved from teaching into administration at Lancaster County Career Technology Center in July of 2007, accepting an assistant principal role. His main focus was student discipline and engagement; for the first time, Matthew had the opportunity to take the success he’d had in the classroom and translate it into a campus-wide setting. By 2008 Matthew had been promoted from assistant principal to become principal of Lancaster County Career Technology Center.
In 2012, Matthew Mann became the Assistant Executive Director at Lancaster County Career and Technology Center. He continued to prove his acumen as a professional, overseeing all campus operations, curriculum development, professional evaluations and more. He also introduced a groundbreaking classroom management system. Once instituted, Matthew’s system reduced student discipline by over 30%, raised student attendance to 96%; and raised student achievement 17%. The program was recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, as well as Penn State and Temple Universities.
Matthew developed and implemented a variety of other successful programs during his tenure at Lancaster County Career and Technology Center, including the Differentiated Supervision Plan used by career and technical schools throughout the state of Pennsylvania.
As the former Vice President for Student Affairs at Keystone Technical Institute, Matthew Mann oversaw all professional development, staff observations, and evaluations. Matthew is driven by his ability to improve and share career and technical education with students from all walks of life, especially when the state of education is at such a critical point. As prior generations begin to slow and retire from the workforce, it is crucial that students nowadays receive the technical or trade education needed to close the “skill gap” and allow them to enter a variety of industries. Matthew Mann is dedicated to making this goal a reality for the duration of his career in education administration.