TEXARKANA — The Pleasant Grove ISD board of trustees approved Matt Fry as their new director of operations on Tuesday, May 11 at their regular called board meeting.
Fry, who spent the last nine years as the director of communications at Liberty-Eylau ISD, has overall 17 years of experience in education. Fry will oversee daily operations including maintenance and transportation for the district.
“Mr. Fry has been a leader in education and in the Texarkana area for many years,” Superintendent Chad Pirtle said. “I am excited to bring his experiences, leadership, and energy to the Pleasant Grove Independent School District. I feel certain his leadership will positively impact our ability to achieve our mission of ensuring high levels of learning for all students.”
Prior to taking the job as the director of communications for Liberty-Eylau ISD, Fry taught at the high school from 2007-12 and served as the district UIL coordinator. From 2004-07, he taught journalism, graphic design, and Spanish at the middle school. In 2006, Fry earned the campus teacher of the year award.
A member of the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA), Fry has earned “Best in Category” for his designs and marketing campaigns. Fry serves on the Board of Directors and Advisory Boards for Northside Church, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Salvation Army, and the Boys and Girls Club.
The bachelor of science in mass communications from Texas A&M University-Texarkana and master of science in educational technology leadership from Lamar University holder is also the president elect of the Wilbur Smith Rotary Club, the president of the board of directors for the Liberty-Eylau Fire Department, and a graduate of the Leadership Texarkana Class of 2014.
Fry is married to his wife, Amber, who is a teacher at the Pleasant Grove Intermediate School. Fry and Amber have two children, Mason, 11, and Addison, 12, both of whom are students in Pleasant Grove ISD.