Matthew Ellis


Prosser, Washington

As Superintendent of Prosser School District, Matthew Ellis is committed to inspiring the next generation of educational leaders. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Matthew grew up passionate about sports, particularly wrestling. He started wrestling at a young age and quickly gained recognition for his talent and hard work. Throughout his high school years, Matthew worked hard to become one of the best wrestlers in Washington. He won the state championship twice and set his sights on even bigger goals.

Matthew Ellis profile

Matthew attended Oregon State University on a wrestling scholarship. He twice became team captain and competed at the NCAA National Championships three times. He also won the PAC-10 championship 2004 and was the runner-up in 2005. Matthew always retained his academic goals despite his success on the mat. He graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies. He went on to pursue a career in teaching and coaching.

Matthew’s coaching career began at Stanford University, where he served as an assistant wrestling coach. During his time at Stanford, Matthew worked with some of the best wrestlers in the country. He helped guide the team to several victories. However, Matthew knew that he wanted to make a more significant impact on the lives of young people. In 2007, Matt graduated from the University of Cumberlands with a Master’s in Arts of Teaching. He decided to pursue a career in education and earned a Professional Teaching Certificate from Washington State University.

Matthew Ellis started teaching in 2008 as a Social Studies teacher at Grandview School District in Grandview, Washington. Throughout his time at Grandview School District, Matthew gained valuable experience and developed a passion for teaching. He enjoyed working with students and helping them grow academically and personally. Matthew also collaborated with other teachers and administrators to improve the overall education experience for the students.

Matthew was appointed High School Principal of the Royal School District in Royal City, Washington, in 2013. He was renowned for his strong leadership abilities and passion for improving his students’ educational experience. He collaborated closely with teachers and staff to design programs and initiatives to enable students to succeed academically and personally. Under his guidance, the school saw an uptick in student achievement while decreasing disciplinary issues.

In 2018, Prosser School District offered Matthew the opportunity to serve as its Superintendent. He jumped at the chance to make a difference in the lives of the students and his community. As Superintendent, Matthew has focused on creating a positive and supportive environment for students to learn and grow. He has also worked to improve the district’s academic programs and increase student achievement.

Matthew has prioritized creating a positive and supportive environment for students. To do this, he made collective ownership of achievement through data-driven planning with principals and teachers. Additionally, he refined embedded professional development programs by implementing adult learning plans associated with school improvement plans. Matthew also implemented intervention programs for struggling high school students and support services for new employee induction and mentoring – all of which have contributed to improved academic programs and increased student achievement across the district.

The Tillamook School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Ellis as its new Superintendent, effective May 2023. Mr. Ellis arrives with a distinguished¬†reputation¬†for educational leadership, having served as Superintendent of the Prosser School District for the past five years. He brings a deep commitment to academic excellence and student achievement, which aligns perfectly with the Tillamook District’s values. Mr. Ellis’s proven track record of success and passion for empowering students and educators positions him to impact the district’s educational programs significantly and positively. The Tillamook School District Board is confident that under Mr. Ellis’s guidance, the district will continue to build upon its legacy and foster a thriving learning environment for all students.