Director of Technology and Instruction
Science and STEM Science Teacher


Ninth & Twelfth


Science, STEM

Other Roles/Responsibilities:

Video Production Elective, Co-chair School Accreditation Committee, FA Technology Leader

About Matt Mayfield

I currently serve as Director of Technology and Instruction at Foothills Academy. My 30 years of professional education experience is broad, having served as a teaching and administrator in PK-12 public, private, and international schools. Before moving to Arizona, I served in administrative positions in international schools for 11 years in China. My wife and I have four grown children and four grandchildren. In addition to landscaping, I love traveling, running and biking in the desert. Arizona is truly home.

M.S. Science Education, Oregon State University
B.S. General Science, Oregon State University

Work Experience
2015-Present: Foothills Academy Director of Instruction & Technology, Science Teacher, and STEAM leader
2014- Present: Foothills Academy Connected Director of Technology and Instruction; AdvancEd Technology Team co-Chair
2010-2014: Foothills Academy College Prep, Middle School Integrated Science & High School Chemistry and Biology
2007-2010: Secondary Principal & Director, Kunming International Academy, Kunming, China
2002-2007: Associate Principal, Science Teacher, Chengdu Meishi International School, Chengdu, China
1999-2002: Head Principal, Chengdu International School, Chengdu, China
1986-1991: Science Teacher, Fremont Jr. High School, Roseburg, Oregon
1984-1986: Science Teacher, Tillamook High School, Tillamook, Oregon
1982-1984: Science/Math Teacher, Santiam Christian School, Corvallis, Oregon

Administrative Certificate Program, Drexel University
Member of the Visiting School Accreditation Committees

The best thing about my role: I love my role at FA because I’m able to support in many various ways the academic achievement of students as they prepare for their unique future.

Some of my favorite things:

  • Color: Blue
  • Food: Mexican
  • Book: The Four Agreements
  • Subject: Science
  • Hobby: Mountain Biking
  • Sport: Football

If I wasn’t doing what I do now, I would be: serving as an administrator in international schools

Why did you choose to become a teacher? I choose an hybrid administrative-instructional role because I enjoy collaborating in creating an ever improving educational experience for students.