• Assistant Principal



Degrees and Certifications:

Degrees: Bachelors of Business Administration Masters in Theological Studies Professional Principal Certifications: Principal as Instructional Leader Special Education EC-12 Generalist PK-4 ESL

Mr. Matthew Gonzales



I am truly thrilled to be a part of Shepard Elementary.  I am an educator of eighteen years and have loved the journey of growth for myself and my students.  I have extensive experience with special education, social-emotional learning, and campus-based goal-setting and achievement.  I gain the most joy in my life out of helping others feel happy and successful.  As a leader, it is my mission to do my part to make sure everyone in our school community feels valued and important.  It is my intention to listen to your needs and follow through so that you have a happy, healthy, and productive school year.  Outside of school life, I am married with three children.  My wife is a teacher in Plano.  We have a daughter in 2nd grade, a daughter in kindergarten, and a two-year-old boy.  My daughters enjoy riding horses, and at this stage, my son mainly enjoys destroying things with a huge smile (I call him El Destructo).  I love being a father, which has made me a better educator.  I am excited to grow alongside you and support you to reach your educational goals. Please feel free to talk with me any time.  

  • Office Hours

    I do not have specific office hours as I make myself available to the needs of the students and families between the hours of 7:15 am - 3:30 pm. Should you need to contact me, please send me an email, give me a call, or if you are a student, simply stop by my office and we can meet then or plan a time that works best.

  • Favorites

    Favorite Snacks

    • Chips (Ranch Doritos)
    • Jelly Beans

    Favorite School Drinks (Not Sonic)

    • Sprite
    • Limeade

    Favorite Sonic Drink 

    Best Gift Card for $5

    • Whataburger

    Best Gift Card for More Than $5

    • Whataburger
    • Amazon

    Bonus School Supplies

    • Ballpoint pens
    • Lined Post-it notes


    • Fishing
    • Writing
    • Watching Sports
    • Watching Movies

    T-Shirt Size

    • XX Large

    Favorite Color

    • Blue

    Birthday (Month and Day)

    • March 19th

    Aversions and Allergies

    • Freshness Preservatives on Pre-cut fruit and some vegetables

Matthew Gonzales
Assistant Principal