Mr. Matthew Lahey

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Mr. Matthew Lahey

Hi, my name is Matthew Lahey, and I am photo taker.

Now you say: “Hi, Matthew.”

Actually, I prefer I would prefer the term “photo maker” because it more accurately defines the collaborative spirit of my goals, but I realize and can appreciate that “photomaker” sounds a little weird.

 

I am the Communications and Media Coordinator for Huntsville ISD.  

You can reach me at mlahey@huntsville-isd.org .

 

Want to  know more?  Read on.

 

We moved home from Los Angeles  to the Houston, Texas, area.

I now work here with the Huntsville Independent School District,  and my role spans communication, technology, social media and community engagement throughout the district.  

 

I work with students and teachers ranging from prekindergarten through high school.

Although I may have worked on more glamorous and higher profile projects, I believe I am doing the most important work of my career in Huntsville.  

 

And, the vast majority of the time it is really fun, sometimes it’s just regular fun.. 🙂

 

 

Still interested?  OK!

We are a Google Apps For Education district, and I have a strong interest in Learning in the

context of “The ‘Real World.”

I am an adjunct instructor at Lone Star College, however for the academic year of 2018-9 I am taking a break.  Huntsville ISD is one of the few school districts that offer dual credit Video Production and Editing Classes in the CTE Department.

 

I’ve  earned an ‘Official Qualified’ trainer certification from Google.

I also consult in Educational Technology, Media Production, Photography and I sometimes speak (and often talk!).   I am a former longtime member of the nonprofit Techs4Tex, and I still work closely with them on the Original Texas Google Summit, TxGoo.org and Country Girls Code.

 

More about me?  Are you sure? OK.

 

Previously, I was the Multimedia Technologies Manager at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California. And, previous to that, I produced and directed non-fiction television shows- among them “The Osbournes” for MTV, TLC’s “Little People, Big World,” and Bravo’s “Kathy Griffin:  My Life on the D-List” (for which I was nominated for a Primetime Emmy).

I specialized in ‘start up’ productions, playing key roles on these productions at their beginnings.

In 2011, I earned my certification from the Project Management Institute and am a registered Project Management Professional (PMP).

In 2010, I earned my Masters in Communication Management at the Annenberg.

I received my Bachelor of Sciences through the New College at the University of Alabama, where I studied Anthropology and TV/Film Production.

Once upon a time, I worked (among other places) in a bookstore in Atlanta and an outdoor sports equipment store in Birmingham.  I waited tables in Yellowstone National Park and canned fish in Alaska, too.

I like to ride my bike, swim laps and spend time with my family.

…And I’m training for my first triathlon. I’ll let you know how that goes. 🙂

Matthew

 

We can stop here, or if you are still interested, read on…

 

I believe in the power of technology to help us talk to each other, share our stories and express ourselves.

I’m most interested in how people can leverage technology in the service of these goals, and less interested in horsepower for horsepower’s sake (i.e. how big your monitor is or how fancy your equipment is).

My thrill is working with people to share their stories, and I believe that you don’t have to be an expert in software or a piece of equipment to make it work for you.

This interest in the intersection of people, technology and storytelling has been the basis of my career.

I earned my undergraduate degree in Anthropology and TV and Film Production, at the New College at University of Alabama.  And later, I received my Masters of Communication Management at the Annenberg School.

After a few years of independent travel, I moved to Los Angeles.  There I worked producing and directing for (mostly) nonfiction television.  Whether working with rockstar Ozzy Osbourne’s family in Beverly Hills, a park ranger in Yellowstone, a scientific researcher at UCLA or comedienne Kathy Griffin at a Manhattan nightclub, my goal has always been to bring my talents to bear to help people tell their stories.

For several years I worked with the staff, students and faculty of the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism as the Multimedia Technologies Manager.

I now work with students and teachers in the Huntsville Independent School District in Huntsville, Texas,  and my work focuses on curriculum and technology. Working in PreK-12 is the most important job I have done.

When I was first trying to come up with a metaphor for what I was trying to accomplish as a teacher and trainer, I thought what I might be was a gatekeeper of knowledge.

This is a common metaphor, but I didn’t like it for two reasons.

The first reason I didn’t like it was because the gatekeeper term assumes exclusivity, and I never want to feel that I have exclusive access or privilege to any secret special technical knowledge.

The second reason I didn’t feel comfortable about this gatekeeper term was that it meant that I was doing the work (learning) and the learners were standing there waiting for me.  I don’t believe this.

So what am I?  Well it’s complicated and a little weird, but here it goes:

When I matter and make a difference, I am a keymaker.  I am not a gatekeeper. I stand next to that ‘gate of knowledge,’ but  I am there to help people make their own keys. We both have to meet in that space and they have to do the work, but I provide the tools, give the guidance and create the environment for them to learn.

But again, they make the keys, they open that gate, they walk through that gate themselves, and they own the learning.

That’s how I matter, and that’s how I measure my success.

I continue to produce and consult on independent, nonfiction projects and train in technology, including Google Apps.