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Matthew Brandstetter, Ed.D.

Seasoned, Multi-dimensional Educator

Mission Viejo, CA


As a multi-dimensional educator, my 26-year love affair in education includes 16 years of administration endeavors as a head of school, dean of academics, counseling department director, and department chair. Additionally, I possess 10 years of classroom teaching/coaching in grades 5-12 in English, Latin, and Public Speaking and Debate. As a seasoned teacher and administrator, I have gained valuable insights into the challenges associated with building and sustaining an exceptional educational enterprise, while assisting young adults in fulfilling their leadership potential.

Willing to relocate: Anywhere

Authorized to work in the US for any employer

Work Experience

Executive Director/CEO

New Vista School
Laguna Hills, CA

August 2014 to Present

• Oversee all operational aspects of an 8-year WASC-accredited, nonprofit 501©(3) middle/high school for students with Asperger, autism, and language learning disabilities 
• Manage 32 direct reports including directors of operations, student services, school nurse and admissions coordinator 
• Implement all marketing, website, print media advertising 
• Successfully expanded school with acquisition of nearby retail/office spaces for improved operational efficiencies and expanded student opportunities 
•Launching redevelopment of existing school site with architectural programming phase, hire of development director for capital campaign (launch fall 2015) 
•Raised over $100K via annual Swing for Autism Golf Tournament, 11/2014

Assistant Head of School

Fairmont Preparatory Academy
Anaheim, CA

July 2011 to April 2014

Dean of Academics, grades 9-12 and Director of Speech and Debate 
Student enrollment: 750 – 580 domestic and 170 international students 
• Oversee all academic programs and policies for the Preparatory and International Academy (700 students), including hybrid online courses 
• Manage 62 direct reports, i.e., faculty, counseling, registrar departments 
• Collaborated and achieved 13% increase in enrollment (2011/2012: 662/751) 
• Reorganized master scheduling process for earlier distribution to faculty/students 
• Oversee AP offerings (21 courses), Engineering and Medical Magnet Programs, and International Baccalaureate diploma offerings and new course development, e.g., AP English Language and AP Computer Science courses 
• Facilitate all aspects of accreditation process, e.g., self-study, subcommittee review, gathering and assembling committee reports, etc. 
• Leading WASC self-study accreditation process for team visit, spring 2014 
• Implementing 1:1 iPad roll out in three-phased plan (2011—2013)

Adjunct Professor, Online Graduate School of Education

Concordia University
Portland, OR

April 2010 to November 2011

EDU 601 Educational Research 
EDU 698 Action Research Implementation 
EDU 560 Human Resource and Fiscal Management 
EDU 626 Organizational Change

Supervisor, Teacher Credentialing Program, School of Education

University of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

January 2011 to June 2011

Observe student teachers in classroom settings 
File appropriate paperwork for the acquisition of CA teacher credentials


Egremont Schools, Inc
Chatsworth, CA

February 2009 to June 2010

Managed the strategic and operational plans of the corporation as well as all 
management responsibilities, including budgets of $3.5M 
Created comprehensive School Site Disaster Plan 
Attained robotics/technology grant from Goldenrod Research Corporation 
Created Development Council for all major campus fundraising, e.g., Fashion 
Show, alumni brick campaign, column society, campus naming opportunities 
Created enrichment curricular offerings, e.g., robotics, gardening, annual mural 
project, international school articulation agreements, I-20 school granting status 
Matthew F. Brandstetter 
Revised internal faculty/employee handbooks, employment agreements, and HR 
management services for all employees 
Created a communication model for all groups within Egremont Schools, Inc., 
streamlining dissemination of information via revised website, marketing 
brochures, annual reports,, etc. 
Implemented differentiated instruction model; inaugurated preschool program 
Successfully facilitated and achieved WASC re-accreditation and facilitated the 
Self-Study work associated with Focus on Learning from WASC 
Managed facility upgrades, e.g., iMAC lab and faculty integrated communication 
system; Smart Boards, redesigned web site; new signage throughout neighborhood; new school van, synthetic playground turf areas, sand box 
coverings, entryway awnings, gymnasium floor refinishing

Interim Executive Director

The Livermore Valley Charter School
Livermore, CA

August 2007 to June 2008

885; Waiting list: 415; API: 865; AYP: Yes 
Interim Executive Director/Superintendent 
Oversaw the strategic and operational plans of the corporation as well as all 
management responsibilities, e.g., high school expansion plan (August 2009), 
Million dollar capital development campaign, etc. 
Prepared all Proposition 39 requests and responses and engaged in all 
negotiations with district, county, and state agencies 
Created comprehensive School Site Disaster Plan 
Created and implemented Crisis Disaster Plan, coordinating efforts with local 
counseling groups for grief assistance/support 
Supervised annual budget creation and development of between $6.5 -- $7M 
Achieved state charter petition renewal with California State Department of

Chair, Communication Studies Department

The Harker School
San Jose, CA

August 1998 to July 2007

Chair, Department of Communication Studies 
Founded and sustained national speech and debate program with over 120 
student participants. National ranking within top 2 percent of all high school 
debate programs. Coordinated all national and international travel annually for 20-23 tournament competitions. 
Founded and sustained instructional department in Communication Studies. 
Mentored three other full-time faculty members and 25 part-time, interim traveling 
Created peer coaching model for the entire Harker School community, "Cognitive 
Coaching: Professional Development Opportunity." 
Managed $250K annual budget, including monthly reconciliation, billing, and purchase order requests as well as all travel reservations and bookings and facilitated annual national debate tournament that included 50 
schools from 10 states; directed all phases of student/parent volunteer activities as well as hotel site facilitation, vendor selection, etc. 
Actively engaged in successful WASC re-accreditation (Spring 2006)

Lower/Upper School Instructor

The Harker School
San Jose, CA

August 1998 to July 2007

Lower School Instructor 
English Language Arts - 4th/5th grades - 1 year 
Upper School Instructor 
Ethics - 2 semesters ● Argumentation & Rhetoric -- 18 semesters

Campus President

ConCorde Career Colleges
San Jose, CA

May 1996 to July 1998

ConCorde Career College, San Jose, CA ● 05/1996 – 07/1998 
Student population: 276 
Campus Director 
•Oversaw the day-to-day operations of a private, postsecondary educational institution, including integrity and overall compliance with state and regional accreditation bodies. Facilitated ACICS accreditation renewal in 1996. 
•Coordinated recruiting, training, scheduling, and administrative support for entire San Jose day/evening campus. 
•Projected and tracked all relevant budgets, including 3.5 million campus financials, invoices, time sheets, and all vendor contracts. 
•Monitored and achieved compliance with all state and federal regulatory agencies, viz., OSHA, DOE, CPPVE, ACICS. 
•Developed and monitored all marketing including web page development.

Dean of Instruction

Heald Business Colleges of California
San Jose, CA

January 1991 to May 1996

Heald Business College, San Jose, CA ● 01/1991—05/1996 
Student population: 356 
Dean of Instruction 
•Recruited, interviewed, hired, and evaluated all faculty members. 
•Created peer coaching program as a means of professional development 
•Inaugurated and monitored student work projects with Advanced Micro Devices and Amdahl Corporation, resulting in job placement for college learners. 
•Successfully facilitated WASC accreditation process as well as articulation agreements with West Valley Community College. 
•Oversaw the day-to-day operations of a private, postsecondary educational 
institution, including integrity and overall compliance with state and regional 
accreditation bodies. Facilitated ACICS accreditation renewal in 1996. 
•Coordinated recruiting, training, scheduling, and administrative support for 
entire San Jose day/evening campus.  
•Projected and tracked all relevant budgets, including 2.5 million campus 
financials, invoices, time sheets, and all vendor contracts. 
Skills Used 
Recruitment and retention of faculty, accreditation renewal via WASC, budget preparation


Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

Argosy University -
Chicago, IL

2006 to 2013

eCertification in Management Teams

Cornell University


M.A. in Education

University of San Francisco


B.A. in Classical Civilization

University of California -
Irvine, CA


M.A. in Theology

Università Angelicum

1982 to 1983

Advanced Diploma of Latin Letters in Latin Literature

Università Gregoriana

January 1979 to January 1982

Additional Information

•Stanford University Frederick Emmons Terman Engineering Department recognition for contributions to the education of high school students, April 2008 
•Double Diamond Key recipient from National Forensic League, for directing students toward speech excellence, March 2004 & 2009 
•The Harker School Speech and Debate Team, Honorary School Chair designation from The Barkley Forum for High Schools, Emory University, January 2002  
•Third Place national ranking, National Cross Examination Debate Association,  
Pasadena City College, CA 1977 
•Third Place national ranking, Extemporaneous Speaking, (Delta Sigma Rho –Tau Kappa Alpha) National College Speech Association, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 1975 
•National recognition for outstanding performance as admissions representative in post-secondary career technical education, Phillips Junior College, […] 
•Brandstetter, M. F. (1995). An investigation of the make-up examination policy at Heald Business Colleges of California. Unpublished master’s thesis, University of San Francisco, California. 
•Turner, S., & Brandstetter, M. F. (Ed.). (2006 February). Incharta: The case for paperless ballots. Rostrum, 80(4), 47-50. 
•Brandstetter, M. F., & Karl, R. M. (2009). Falling through the cracks: How private schools are solving the education dilemma. Unpublished manuscript. 
•Brandstetter, M. F. (2010, August 22). The community of St. Peter. The Examiner. Retrieved from 
•Brandstetter, M. F., & Kilpatrick, T. (2010). Optional celibacy: Making room for God’s married priests. Manuscript in preparation. 
•Brandstetter, M. F. (2013). The experiences of newly appointed independent K-12 heads of schools: A case study. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Argosy University, Illinois. 
•Brandstetter, M. F., & Kilpatrick, T. (2011). English grammar for court reporting students. Manuscript in preparation. 
•Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) (Visiting Team Member) 
•Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) (Visiting Team Member) 
•Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (Member) 
•National Forensic League (Lifetime Member) 
•National Court Reporters Association (Certified Reporting Instructor, CRI) 
•Northern California Court Reporters Association (Member) 
•Principals’ Center, Harvard Graduate School of Education (Member) 
•ADOS-2 Clinical Training, Chapman University in conjunction with the Center for Autism