DHS welcomes new Assistant Principal

Allison B. Hudson

Name: Matthew Geraci

Position, subject you teach: Assistant Principal

School: Donaldsonville High School

Age: 32

Experience: 6 years

Hometown: Slidell, LA

Education: Undergrad – LSU, Masters – SLU

Family: Wife – Lauren (Mentor teacher at Gonzales Primary) 2 daughters –

Avery (4) and Reese (18 months)

Interests and hobbies: Reading, Running, Fishing, Weight Training, LSU Sports,

Saints Football, Cooking (and Eating!)

In several sentences explain how and why you decided to become an educator.

When I started at LSU my plan was to work with computers, my first major was

ISDS (Information Systems and Decision Sciences). I realized early that I didn’t

want to spend my days in a cubicle. When I was looking for another career path

I remembered my mom going back to college when I was in Junior High. She

went back to become a teacher and I remember how satisfied she felt when

she finished and got her first job. I decided to volunteer for a tutoring program

called America Reads where I got to tutor 1st and 2nd graders that were struggling

readers. Once I experienced some success with those students I was hooked!

Who is a teacher or professor who inspired you and how?

My 10th and 12th grade English classes were taught by the same teacher, Ms.

Dye. She really pushed us to write, and we wrote every day. I didn’t realize the

importance of that skill until I took my first college English class. She was always

pushing us to do better than the last time. It was her high expectations of us that

made us improve and I try to remember that any time I work with students.

Who is someone in current events who you admire and why?

I admire Drew Brees. He could have come to New Orleans and won a

Superbowl and been considered a savior to the city. However, he does so much

more. His BreesDream foundation is set up for advancing cancer research and

providing care for families in need. He’s also partnered with Operation Kids

to help rebuild academic and athletic facilities, parks, after-school programs,

mentoring programs for the disabled, neighborhood revitalization projects and

child care facilities in New Orleans. I could go on, but I admire a guy who does

so much when he could do so little.

What are the greatest challenges in education today?

The greatest challenge today is preparing students for the future. Our students

need to be able to compete with students from all over the globe. As educators it

is our job to equip today’s students with the skills to survive tomorrow’s world.

What advice can you offer for someone who wants to go into education?

Be patient, be kind, and be consistent.

What teaching moment is most memorable?

The most memorable moment I have had teaching is allowing a group of

students to research a new concept and teach it to the class. I didn’t give them

too many instructions, just a topic and a list of websites to research from. They

took over and ran the next 3 days of class. What I learned was the students can

always do more than you expect and sometimes they can do it better than you.