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Leading Out The Woods


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About Matthew

Dr. Matthew Woods has served for more than 13 years assisting students, educators, and schools in a variety of roles. His professional experience includes being a high school social studies teacher, a middle and high school assistant principal, a middle school principal, a director of student support services, an adjunct professor, and a field instructor for student-teachers. Additionally, Dr. Woods hosts an education podcast, Leading Out The Woods, is the author of Digital PD for Educators, and the children's book series, I Wanna Be…, and is an accomplished keynote speaker and educational consultant. 


Dr. Woods’s leadership and innovative approaches have brought him recognition from numerous organizations, including ASCD (Emerging Leaders Class of 2021) and the LG Happiness League. He earned a B.S. in History and Social Studies from Ferrum College, an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Administration from Virginia Tech, a graduate certificate in Education Law and Policy and an Educational Specialist in Middle Grades Education from the University of Georgia, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration from Radford University.


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

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