As a Manager of Resident Development, Matt Cheek trains and supports Residents and Mentor Teachers in several partner schools. He also develops and leads the Instructional Methods course for Residents. Prior to joining NTR, Matt worked in Lake City, South Carolina, and Knoxville, Tennessee. Most recently, he worked as a Gifted and Talented Instructional Coach for Knox County Schools, where he supported teachers to meet the diverse needs of gifted students. During this time, Matt advocated for increased access to gifted programming for students of color and other historically underrepresented groups. Matt holds a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education from Clemson University and a Masters in Educational Administration and Leadership from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.