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Matt Walsh (IN '03)

Social Studies Administrator

Eastwood Middle School
Indianapolis, IN

At the time of the Award, Matt Walsh was:

Brownsburg Community Schools
Brownsburg, IN

Subject(s) taught: Social Studies, Gifted
Grade(s): 7

Biographical Information

After serving as the assistant principal at Brownsburg West Middle School and the Director of Curriculum in Brownsburg, Matt has served the Brownsburg Schools as the Secondary Social Studies Administrator, known previously as Brownsburg Junior High School, in Brownsburg. In the summer of 2018, Matt left the Brownsburg Schools after 18 years. Currently, he serves as the Social Studies administrator at Eastwood Middle School in the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township (Indianapolis).

When he taught global studies to seventh graders at Brownsburg, his diverse instructional strategies included the use of video demonstrations, PowerPoint and the Internet. As part of his "Building Better Communities" unit, Walsh's students addressed the city's complex transportation problems by interviewing experts worldwide. They then created a Web site presentation for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization about the potential impact on the city of a monorail system. In their "Youth Forum" unit, Walsh's students practiced writing editorials, some of which were published in the Indianapolis Star. Walsh also joined two other Milken Educators in designing a distance learning curriculum known as ELEVATE. Walsh serves on the Indiana University Education Alumni Board and Indiana's Education Technology Commission. In 2002, he was named Brownsburg Community School Corporation Teacher of the Year. In 2006, Walsh and fellow Milken Educator Daphne Draa (IN '04) were instrumental in bringing renowned concert pianist Mona Golabek to Indianapolis to recite passages and perform musical selections from her book, The Children of Willesden Lane, the story of her mother's escape from Nazi persecution during World War II. Most recently in 2015, Matt was awarded the “Realizing the Dream” Award from Marian University. In his spare time, Matt works as a consultant for developing school administrators in the iLead Program at the University of Indianapolis.

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Additional Information


2001 Butler University - M.S. in Secondary Administration

1992 Indiana University - Bloomington, B.S.