Dr. Matthew J. Mann passed away on Nov. 20, 2021, at the age of 49. Dr. Mann was born in Lafayette, Indiana. Growing up, his father was in the Army and he was able to travel to many different states and countries. These duty stations included Germany, Hawaii, California and Colorado.

During his father’s assignments, Dr. Mann attended 11 schools in 13 years. He graduated from Widefield High School in Colorado Springs. He then attended Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado on a Debate Scholarship. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in History and Government and a minor in Speech and Debate in 1994.

Mann married his wife Sara, whom he met in college, that same year. Dr. Mann and Sara completed their student teaching in the San Luis Valley in rural, southern Colorado. Mann secured his first teaching position in Sierra Grande School District, a rural school with 150 students K-12, as one of two middle school teachers. He then moved to Pleasanton and went to business with his wife’s family in the produce industry. Mann went back to teaching at Samuel Clemens High School as a speech and debate teacher and later taught World History at East Central High School.

Upon completing his Master’s degree from Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 2001, Mann secured an assistant principal’s position at Scobee Middle School in Southwest ISD. Wanting to move closer to his home in Pleasanton, he took a position as an assistant principal at Jourdanton Junior High School in 2005. Dr. Mann completed his doctoral studies at Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 2011 writing his doctoral dissertation on the relationship between school district size and science performance. He has presented at national and state-level educational conferences and has published four articles on various educational topics.

Dr. Matthew Mann came to Pleasanton ISD as the High School principal in June of 2012 before being named Superintendent of Schools in March of 2015. While the principal of the high school, he instituted a refocusing on high yield instructional practices and helped to develop a successful model of collaboration between administration, teachers and students. This initiative was supported through a dedica- tion to being in the hallways and classrooms supporting the instructional mission of providing the very best education to our students. As a Superintendent, he continued this pursuit of educational excellence by focusing on providing the very best instructional practices to every student in every classroom. For Dr. Mann, this meant he needed the very best teachers in every classroom. In order to ensure this, each year he conducted professional development sessions during New Teacher Orientation to model his expectations.

Under Dr. Mann’s leadership, all four PISD campuses have earned both Level 1 and Level 2 designations through the Marzano High Reliability Schools Network over the past two years. Additionally, Pleasanton ISD has 68 teachers that have earned individual certifications as High Reliability Teachers (HRT). Only four teachers in the state of Texas hold a Level 2 HRT certification, all work for Pleasanton ISD. Matthew was recently invited to be part of the Thompson Executive Leadership Institute program for superintendents, which is made up of top superintendents from across the country.

Dr. Mann was a proud resident of Pleasanton and was an active member of the MacArthur Park Church of Christ and the local Rotary Club and he previously served as a deacon at the Pleasanton Church of Christ. He was named Pleasanton Man of the Year in 2017 for all his hard work and dedication to the community. He believed that great public schools are critical to the success of any community and he dedicated his life’s work to guiding students to realizing their own potential.

Dr. Mann is survived by his loving wife, Sara Mann of Pleasanton; daughters, Kaytlyn Mann of College Station and Emily Mann of San Antonio; his mother, Kayla McKinney Mann of San Antonio; his father, Anthony Mann of Lebanon, OH; brothers, Jason Mann (Christy) of Colorado Springs, CO and Bill Baker (Jen) of Simpsonville, SC. He is also survived by his inlaws, Ron and Kay Smith of Pleasanton; brother-in-law, Jay Smith (Kelly) of San Antonio and nine loving nieces and nephews.

Services for Matthew will be on Saturday, Nov. 27 at the Cowboy Fellowship Church in Jourdanton, with the family receiving friends from 9-11 a.m., with the memorial service starting at 11 a.m.

Those attending are invited to share your connection to Matthew by wearing your Eagle Green or Indian Red.

In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to support a cause important to Dr. Mann and his family.

Each summer, Dr. Mann and Sara took a week of vacation time to teach at Camp Blue Haven in Las Vegas, NM. Camp Blue Haven is a Christian Youth Camp committed to helping young persons grow physically, mentally and spiritually. Over the years they taught many ages of students, but most frequently taught fifth and sixth grade boys. Dr. Mann believed those to be foundational years in the life of a young Christian man. During their years at Camp Blue Haven, Dr. Mann was blessed to be able to baptize both of his daughters as they followed his example and gave their own lives to Christ. Memorial donations to Camp Blue Haven can be made at https:// or mailed to Camp Blue Haven Foundation, P.O. Box 417, Marble Falls, TX 78654 with a Memorial Card located at uploads/2021/08/New-Memorial Card.pdf.

Developing both reading skills and a love of reading within children was important to Dr. Mann and he sought intentional ways to encourage this as Superintendent. Each year, he read to every pre-K, kindergarten and first grade class at Pleasanton Primary. Dr. Mann presented each student with their very own book, just from him, to ensure every child had a personal library of their own. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to continue to foster a love of reading for the students within PISD. Donations to the Pleasanton ISD libraries can be made at bit. ly/PISDLibraries.

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