Austin High School, renew Matt's contract

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Matthew Munroe was an IT Specialist at Austin High School, mainly tasked with repairing student and faculty hardware.


Two years ago, the school decided to open up IT to the students, offering elective classes, where the students would get real-world IT experience, ranging from support tickets to hardware diagnostics and repair. This elective had one class of around 7 students the first year, and then grew to having classes all day the next year. Students were invested in it. The class was taught by two tech integrationists and teachers, Amy Thuesen and Anne Christopherson, who were accompanied by Matt, who taught the students about common and uncommon hardware issues, and how to fix them. He engaged with us students in a very friendly, funny and relatable way. Matt was honest, did good work, and students enjoyed working with him, sometimes even taking time from their lunch to help him and talk with him. Likewise, Matt wouldn’t hesitate to sacrifice his lunch break to work with students, and has paid out of his own pocket multiple times for resources to help teach and engage the students. He did not have to do this, but he did it anyway.

In short, Matt made learning hard things fun and genuinely cared about the students he worked with.


Unfortunately, it has come to light that the High School has not renewed his contract, and Matt now has two weeks remaining at his job.

 
The students who worked with Matthew, both in the past year, and the year before, are very saddened to hear this. We want Matt to be able to share the fun side of the hard parts of technology with future classes. We don’t believe there is anyone else who can fill this role.

 


We are making this petition in hopes that the Austin High School will reconsider their decision, and allow Matt to continue to engage, teach and inspire the next generation of tech loving students. Matt has been a major part of our experience at the High School, and we believe he deserves to continue his work.

- Matt's students



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