Matthew Harris, Ed.D., has been with the Fox Chapel Area School District since August of 1994 after a successful year as an intern at Fox Chapel Area High School. Dr. Harris joined the district first as a sixth grade gifted education teacher at Dorseyville Middle School. He then served as a sixth grade language arts teacher and an eighth grade language arts teacher before being asked to serve as assistant to the principal in February of 2001. Dr. Harris continued as assistant principal at Dorseyville Middle School before becoming principal in 2007. In August of 2013, Dr. Harris became the director of secondary education and instruction at the Fox Chapel Area School District.
Dr. Harris received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature followed by a Master of Arts in Teaching for secondary English at the University of Pittsburgh. His studies continued at the University of Pittsburgh where Dr. Harris was awarded a principal's certification and a curriculum and instruction certification. Dr. Harris successfully defended his dissertation, titled "The Challenges of Implementing Project-based Learning in Middle Schools" and graduated with a Doctor of Education degree in December 2014.
As director of secondary education and instruction, Dr. Harris oversees the curriculum and staff development of grades six – twelve. Dr. Harris works closely with the principals and staff of both Dorseyville Middle School and Fox Chapel Area High School, as well as the superintendent and assistant superintendent to ensure that the curriculum and instruction promotes achievement and growth for all students.
Matthew Harris, Ed.D.
Executive Director of Secondary Education and Instruction
Secretary to the Executive Director of Secondary Education and Instruction