Leading Out The Woods



About Matthew

Matthew Woods has served in various roles within K-12 education. His professional experience includes being a high school social studies teacher, middle and high school assistant principal, middle school principal, and director of student support services. In addition to his K-12 work, Matthew has also served as an adjunct professor and field instructor at the collegiate level for student-teachers. Aside from this work, Matthew hosts a K-12 podcast, Leading Out the Woods, and is the author of the children’s book series, I Wanna Be… , starring his one year old son imagining different occupations he would like to grow up to be. Matthew is currently working on his leadership book, The Sandbox Mentality: Empowering Leadership. For more information regarding Matthew’s professional and educational experience, please visit his LinkedIn page.


Articles by Matthew

Leading Out the Woods Podcast


This podcast is dedicated to all my fellow K-12 educators as I reflect on my experiences & best practices working in K-12 education as a former teacher & current administrator.

Book Series

I Wanna Be...

Hilton has a vivid imagination. Follow him on his journey every night imagining what he wants to grow up to be.

#MeetHilton … a little boy with BIG dreams! ✨

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What People Say About Matthew

Mr. Anthony Swann​

2021 Virginia Teacher of the Year