Getting to know Mat Reese


Mat Reese has a long history in Maricopa, having taught and coached many students here for 30 years. Now he is the principal of the charter school Leading Edge Academy and its director of education.

Hometown: Niagara Falls, New York
Resides in: Ahwatukee
Maricopan: From 1982-2012
Occupation: Director of Education/Principal
Family: Wife, Rachele, and 6 grown kids
Pets: Two miniature poodles
Hobbies: Sports
Dream vacation: Tahiti
Like most about Maricopa: People

Favorite …
Charity: American Heart Association
Book: “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
Movie: Indiana Jones
Actor:  Harrison Ford
Song: “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying” by Gerry and the Pacemakers
Musician: Paul McCartney
Team: AZ Cardinals
Athlete: Larry Fitzgerald (AZ Cardinals Wide Receiver)
Food: Mexican
Drink: Water
Meal: Thanksgiving
Restaurant: Olive Garden
Quote: Don’t tell me how good you are, show me.
Words to live by: Good character goes a long ways.

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