Matthew Newton, EdS, ATP, CPACC
Matt serves as the coordinator of assistive and instructional technology for the Virginia Department of Education’s Training and Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC) at Virginia Tech. His focus is supporting general and special education teachers, administrators, and related service providers in finding and implementing low to high-tech solutions and UDL strategies for PK-12 students with disabilities. Matt began his career in education as a special education teacher working with students with multiple disabilities in the Roanoke City Public Schools division and has also served there as an instructional technology resource teacher. He was recognized as Roanoke City's Teacher of the Year in 2014 and Virginia's Region 6 Teacher of the Year in 2015, as well as a Joy Zabala Fellow in 2022.
Matt earned his Education Specialist Degree in Instructional Design and Technology from Virginia Tech, his Master's Degree in Special Education from Liberty University, and an adapted curriculum endorsement following coursework at Radford University. He also holds a graduate certificate in assistive technology from George Mason University. Matt is a certified Assistive Technology Professional by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) and has been endorsed as an accessibility professional by the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP).