Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's Degree (Elementary Education) - UNCW

Mr. Matthew Leo

Hello Everyone!

My name is Matthew Leo. This is my 2nd official year of teaching here at Parkwood Elementary School. I am beyond excited to be teaching in 2nd grade with your kiddos this year.

A little bit about myself:

I was a Teacher's Assistant for two years here at Parkwood. I TA'ed for 7 different teachers in the 3rd and 4th grade hall. What an experience! I had the wonderful opportunity to serve 7 different classes and get to know over 150 different students. Best on-the-job training ever! I completed my Teacher Internship at Parkwood and knew this is where I wanted to stay. Before Parkwood, I was a TA at Clyde Erwin Elementary school for about a year. 

I am a graduate from UNCW with my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Teaching. As a working parent, I began working on my degree 7 years ago, persevering a few classes at a time until finally achieving my dream. I knew I wanted to be a teacher way back in the 2nd grade, and it looks like I have come full circle.

Before my teaching career, I was a restaurant manager for over 22 years. I was the Training Coordinator (for managers and crew) for the every Wendy's and McDonald's restaurants in Jacksonville and on Camp Lejeune. I am very proud to have served so many people over the years to the best of my ability.

I am a father of 3 amazing boys, Christopher, Tyler, and Connor, and a dog-dad to three girls: Halo, Bea-Bea Ann, and Yuna. My wonderful wife, Shelle, is also a teacher here in Jacksonville. Also, I am a GRANDFATHER to a wonderful 15 month girl named Samara. She is truly my heart and joy.