MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) -- Matt Massey is a teacher at Buckhorn High school, but he's got his eye on another job. Massey is running for the Madison County Superintendent of Schools in the June Republican Primary.
He told WHNT News 19 that his goal is to create a comprehensive vision for Madison County Schools. "This school system really needs direction and vision, at least for the next 12 years for my kids to get through," said Massey. "That is the motivating decision for me."
Massey was born in Huntsville and received his Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Troy University, his Master of Science in Mathematics from Ole Miss, and his Master of Science in Instructional Leadership from Samford University. In 2012, Massey was named Madison County’s “Teacher of the Year.” Massey and his wife both teach at Buckhorn. His children also attend schools in the district.
"We're not going anywhere, we're going to be in this school system," he said. "We're invested, my family is invested, and so we're willing to step forward as a family to do this."
Massey said he sees a greater potential for the school system. "Our motto has been 'we do more with less,' but with the acceleration of Huntsville City Schools and Madison City Schools, we're not doing more with less anymore."
He told WHNT News 19 that he wants to make sure not only his own children, but all students in Madison County are getting the best education possible. "We don't have resources that those other systems have but we can't use that as an excuse anymore," he said. "We've got to go after and create relationships with the community, with the business community, and find ways to give our students the same opportunities that students in other systems have."
Massey said his biggest obstacle will be finding financial support, but he's not too worried after seeing support on social media platforms. "I've been announced for 2 or 3 days now and the social media support is outpouring," said Massey.
"This is something I hadn't decided on 6 months ago so I don't have a war chest," he said. "That is one of the things that I'm pursuing and as I look to grow, but the community support has been fantastic so far."
WHNT News 19 reached out to current Madison County Schools Superintendent David Copeland for a comment on his future plans. We are still waiting to hear back. We will update you with more information as soon as possible.