Matthew A. Lewis is currently working at Intel Corporation’s Ocotillo campus as a Manufacturing Technician 1, with Kelly Services. He has been on-site for well over a year now. Lewis has held various other “gigs” in his time as a working professional; but his most recent (other than working at Intel), has (and continues to be) his work with the SSP Foundation. He serves as a Special Events Coordinator.
He has found himself in this role for well over 6 years. Initially he joined the organization as part of the family tradition. His younger brother had been a part of the robotics program and his father began volunteering with the organization. Ever since, his role quickly evolved into something more than just a regular volunteer. Lewis was involved with several of SSP Foundation’s programs; including, but not limited to the Youth Soccer League, the S.T.E.M initiatives and also the Scholar’s Programming.
Lewis has always held many interest, however; and from an early age, he loved to read and write. In elementary school, he wanted to become a published book author. Once he realized being an author was a tough, and often not so lucrative career, he decided to look elsewhere. In high school, his English teacher liked his writing so much she invited him to join the school’s newspaper; which is where his love of Journalism sprouted and blossomed.
After high school, Lewis dove deep into the World of Journalism. He joined his college newspaper, majored in Journalism, took on newspaper internships and even was on the executive board of several professional development organizations related to the Journalism profession.
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During his senior year as an undergraduate student, Lewis was selected by a panel of journalists at The New York Times (from among a national pool of student members of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists) to participate in a two-week student journalism institute.
During his time at the UA, he tutored and mentored students as an Einstein Protégé for a general education course.
He also supervised and taught students with learning challenges; including a kindergarten class at D.W. Higgins Institute, a (now defunct) charter school in Tempe, Ariz.
Lewis was a student leader in the School of Journalism and beyond. He would constantly assist other students with course work to improve their educational opportunities, as well as his own.
He served as a counselor and lead mentor for the Dow Jones Diversity in Journalism Workshop for Arizona High School Students for four years while in college.
The workshop was where he developed a passion for education. It was during his tenure at the workshop he became determined to cover the education beat or work in education and do freelance journalism on the side.
Before graduating he worked for the college newspaper the Arizona Daily Wildcat. The “Arizona Daily Wildcat” was named Best College Newspaper by Princeton Review’s “THE BEST 361 COLLEGES, 2006 EDITION.”
While at the Wildcat, he had several stories picked up by the College edition of the Huffington Post (or HuffPost College). Here is a link to one of the stories that got picked up by the aggregation site. It also ran on David Hasselhoff’s website.
He also worked for a community newspaper north of the Tucson area (San Manuel Miner).
Lewis wrote two stories for the Arizona Daily Star that were picked up by the Associated Press (AP) wire service: one about a Bosnian refugee opening a local restaurant and another about a dachshund named Poppy who was racing in a regional Wienerschnitzel Wiener Dog race.
In college Lewis served as the Vice President of the Society of Professional Journalists. He also served as the VP of the Journalism Student Advisory Council and was a member of various other organizations.
Lewis is a graduate of the University of Arizona (UA). He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and a minor in geography in the spring of 2010. After graduating, he worked for a daily and weekly newspaper chain (Casa Grande Valley Newspapers, Inc.) covering central Arizona for about a year.
After covering education-related stories and serving as a mentor for a journalism workshop, Lewis wanted to get more involved with teaching and decided to go back to school. He decided to pursue a one-year-fast-track Masters of Education degree through the UA’s Graduate College of Education. However, life and work took Lewis on a divergent path, and after about a year of Graduate studies he left the program.
Lewis’s recent memberships are with the UA’s Alumni Association, and the SSP Foundation. His other most recent volunteer and service positions include serving as the Co-Secretary for the UA – Phoenix Chapter Young Alumni Club and as a member of the East Valley Cats (a UA Alumni group based in the East Valley). And even more still, he has held affiliations with the following: the National Association of Black Journalists; The Human Rights Campaign; the National Association of Hispanic Journalists; and the UA Future Teachers Club.