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Matthew Vereecke, 31

School Director, Monte Cassino School, Tulsa
“I never planned to get into education, largely because I took for granted the impact that my own educational experience had on my life,” says Vereecke. That experience began in Michigan and the University of Notre Dame, which helped Vereecke to a position at Saint Catherine School in Tulsa through a teaching program. Three schools later, he’s applying everything he’s learned to leadership at Monte Cassino. On track to complete a doctorate degree in education from the University of Oklahoma, Vereecke says, “I learned that for some families, education was the only difference between happiness and misery or success and failure. I felt that it was really important to share my gifts to make that success possible for more people.”