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    My name is Dr. Matthew Birdwell and I am blessed to serve as the principal for Ponder High School.  I am originally from Lorenzo, Texas, a small town near Lubbock.  This will be my 13th year in education and my 6th year as a campus administrator.  My educational background includes a Bachelor's of Science degree from West Texas A&M University, a Master's of Education degree from Lubbock Christian University, and a Doctorate of Philosophy degree from Texas Tech University.  Currently, I am pursuing an advanced educational leadership certification from Harvard University.  In my free time, I enjoy watching college football and I am a huge Texas Tech Red Raider fan!  My wife, Vanessa, is a teacher at Ponder Jr. High School and I have two little boys, Kason and Preston.  I am excited to lead the students and teachers of Ponder High School by providing a meaningful and relevant curriculum in conjunction with a safe and comfortable learning environment.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact my office at 940-479-8211 or mbirdwell@ponderisd.net.