Matt Nguyen has taught in both public K-12 and university settings.

Matt Nguyen has taught in both public K-12 and university settings.

 Matt has organized and hosted the annual VAAPA MathCounts Competition for middle school students across Orange County.

Matt has organized and hosted the annual VAAPA MathCounts Competition for middle school students across Orange County.

Policy Priorities

Prepare each and every student for productive future employment.

  • Invest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) curricula and hire well-trained educators to teach practical science and software programming skills for long-term career success in the 21st century economy.
  • Extend outreach with local businesses and trade unions to develop new vocational apprenticeship programs, giving all students the opportunity to learn about, and prepare for, high-paying middle-class jobs. 
  • Expand access to up-to-date computers, software, and technologies to bridge the digital divide for under-resourced schoolchildren.
  • Enhance individualized educational services for underserved students with disabilities to promote long-term independence and sustainable transition into the workforce.

Collaborate with local colleges and universities to support all K-12 students. 

  • Encourage all students to take college coursework to fulfill high school graduation requirements and explore new fields of study.
  • Develop tutoring and mentorship programs with local colleges to connect K-12 students with the academic support they need.
  • Make available no-cost SAT/ACT test preparation courses for all students to level the playing field and invest in their future success.
  • Reinstate college counselors to ensure that all Orange County students have the individualized guidance they need to navigate the increasingly-complex college admissions process.

Advocate critical-thinking curricula to develop thoughtful citizens and Engaged community members.

  • Champion Language Arts, Social Studies, World Language, Arts and Design, and multicultural curricula that trains our students to become well-rounded thinkers, informed voters, and active community participants.
  • Affirm the importance of, and commitment to, the expansion of bilingual education programs to assist English-language learners in achieving English fluency while maintaining their language heritage and cultural identity.
  • Bolster civics education and universalize pre-voter registration to prioritize learning the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
  • Provide greater access to volunteer opportunities and encourage all students to get involved in improving our local communities.

Broaden school-time, after-school, and summertime extracurricular offerings.

  • Empower Orange County students to explore new career paths and acquire hands-on skills through a sustained expansion of school-sponsored extracurricular opportunities.
  • Strengthen consensus among educators and administrators to supervise extracurricular programming for all students.
  • Guarantee after-school programming to support working families and keep students productively engaged (and out of trouble!).
  • Endorse no-cost online learning and cultural enrichment partnerships (e.g., museums, zoos, wetlands, and historical sites) during summer months to ensure all students are well-prepared for the following school year.

Maintain Orange County schools as a safe space for all students and families.

  • Support behavioral counseling and early intervention to provide comprehensive mental health services and detect warning signs at the earliest stage through trained school psychologists and constant community dialogue.
  • Develop stronger county-wide protocols with local law enforcement for rapid response in potential crisis situations.
  • Protect vulnerable children from school-time ICE raids that disrupt classroom learning and thrust families deeper into the shadows.
  • Nurture a culture of anti-bullying undergirded by responsive school policies that shield victims and rehabilitate offenders.
  • Demand preventative measures and active district enforcement against the discriminatory bullying of LGBTQ and minority youth.
  • Guarantee universal access to nutritional meals and recreational athletics to promote healthy eating and physical fitness while combatting the mounting obesity epidemic.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.