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Matt Trammell 
Matt Trammell

How long have you been at Bullis?

Since 2014

What role or roles do you play at Bullis? If you are teaching faculty, what do you teach? 

Director of Admission 

What made you decide to work in an educational setting? 

I started out in the corporate world and coached basketball as a volunteer coach. I realized that at my core, I was a teacher. The school setting provides a unique opportunity to serve, share knowledge, and develop as a leader - all with a common purpose of investing in future generations. 

What is your favorite thing about working at Bullis?

I tell everyone who will listen how awesome Bullis is. I most appreciate how kind our community is and how much we genuinely care about each other. Secondly, the growth mindset is infused into the ethos of our school culture. Since our founding in 1930, Bullis has been a place where students explore, grow, are challenged, and experience a transformation as they launch themselves into the university level and beyond. Being part of the Bullis community is incredibly rewarding in that way. 

When not at Bullis, what interests do you pursue?

I am a passionate learner. I read a lot of non-fiction, and sprinkle in some fiction. I trend towards spy thrillers and crime dramas. I also really enjoy watching and attending basketball games. Most of all, quiet evenings with my family are my most joyful place. 

Who is someone that inspires you and how?

My Papa. He grew up as an orphan in Cleveland, Ohio. At 18, he was a professional baseball player. When World War II took place, he signed up and was deployed to the European front. When he passed away, we discovered a Distinguished Flying Cross in his belongings, no one knew about it. Not even my Nana. To think that he was awarded such an incredible recognition and was so humble as to never boast of it speaks to his sense of duty. Papa had a quiet strength and resolve. I will always admire that about him. 

What is the best book or production that you have read, watched, or listened to lately? 

I am reading Jim Collins' latest book, Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0: 52 Turning Your Business Into An Enduring Great Company. I find the lessons therein fascinating and highly applicable to schools. 

What global challenge would you like to see tackled and how do you see yourself contributing to the positive change that you desire?

I am really burdened for those who experience food insecurity. At some point, I would like to contribute, either directly or indirectly, to a non-profit in my local community that serves individuals and families experiencing this. Food is such a basic necessity, and one that I take for granted. I also see a lot of room for our local communities to address this issue with increased fervor. 

What is one fun fact about you that others may not know or may surprise them?

I am color blind. So if my clothing at school does not match, now you know why 😊

Why would you tell a prospective family to choose Bullis?

The three words etched in stone at our entrance say it best - Caring, Challenging, Community. Bullis is a place where every student is cared for holistically, from a whole-child framework. Each student is challenged to pursue their highest potential, all within a true and welcoming community. The pursuit of excellence, within balance, wrapped in a collaborative spirit, makes Bullis a truly special place.

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