Matthew Baca (he/him/his)

Assistant Principal & Title IX Coordinator

Matt is excited to continue working as the Assistant Principal at RiseUp Community School! 

As a proud Chicano leader, Matt worked diligently to overcome adversity on his way to becoming an educator. He believes a strong system of support and a commitment to education is central to achieving your full potential. His philosophy of meeting students where they are informs his love of alternative education as a pathway to fulfilling post-secondary opportunities. As a first-generation college student, Matt has devoted himself to advocating for the educational and emotional needs of marginalized students both at the regional and state level as a member of the 21st Century Learning Community hub committee as well as a voice of color at Action 22 events throughout the state.

When not working, you can find Matt and his two children on the mountain trails of Colorado where they enjoy hiking, backpacking, and mountain biking!

What is Your Why?

I believe trusting relationships are essential to educational and personal growth. Growing up in crisis, I felt unable to connect with others who shared my values. This led to isolation and depression. At RiseUp, I hold spaces for youth to build community and hone interpersonal skills, because young people do their best work when they feel seen, heard, and valued.