Matt Smith is a failed retiree. He worked for Arlington Public Schools for 30 years, retiring in the fall of 2021. He started as a Middle School science and math teacher and then led very early efforts to integrate technology and the Internet into student learning. He spent 9 years as a network analyst where he became a now outdated CNE (Certified Novell Engineer). In his position as Special Projects Coordinator, he led APS’s work to align the Division with the Baldrige Excellence Framework. After retiring from APS he started a small business management consulting firm, 3Questions LLC, where he helps organizations achieve excellence through increased organizational self-awareness.
Matt currently serves as the Vice-Chair for Operations of the US Senate Productivity and Quality Award for Virginia and DC (SPQA) after having served as Chair and Vice-Chair for Strategy. Matt is a three-time examiner for SPQA being recognized as the SPQA Rookie of the Year in 2012 and the SPQA Examiner of the Year in 2014. He continues to provide Baldrige Criteria training and Examiner Training for SPQA.
Matt has a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Washington and a Master’s of Arts in New Professional Studies – Teaching, from George Mason University. His wife of nearly 30 years is an APS principal. Matt’s son graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 2019 and his daughter graduated from James Madison University in 2021.
In his spare time, Matt enjoys hiking, biking, and playing volleyball.