Point Loma High's new vice principal has heard about the school nearly all of her life.
San Diego native Randee Matuk was selected for the vacant position created when Kelly Lowry was named principal earlier this summer. She fondly recalls the tales she heard as a child at the knee of her maternal grandfather Howard Cohen who graduated with the Pointer Class of 1947.
"He was like a father figure to me," Matuk recalled, "and after he passed I found some stories he had written where he said 'I played catch with Don Larsen' and other fascinating information."
"So when the position became vacant at Point Loma I jumped on it," Matuk said, adding "I feel a sense of nostalgia and connection with the school."
She is quick to point out her core values which include "social, emotional, intellectual and physical health, joy (providing a fun experience for staff and students) and building trusting relationships with all stakeholders."
Matuk's extensive resumé covers both athletics and academic areas.
After growing up in a single-parent home, Matuk earned a degree from University of San Francisco (2008). She ran D-I cross-country and track and field on a scholarship while majoring in exercise and sport science. Her master's degree in educational leadership (2018) is from SDSU.
"My initial passions were in athletics, wellness, health and exercise," Matuk said.
While considering medical school, Matuk accepted an offer to coach cross-country and track and field at Steele Canyon High School in Jamul. That experience changed her life.
"I immediately fell in love with coaching and being in an educational environment," she said. The head coach urged her to obtain a teaching credential and she received that from USD (2011) with authorization in physical education and introductory science.
Her first career assignment covered grades 6-12 at Gompers Preparatory Academy for seven years, teaching ENS (exercise and nutrition science) while coaching track and field.
Matuk moved into administration as a teacher on special assignment, acting as grade-level lead, providing new teacher support and oversight for the ENS department.
Most recently Matuk was fitness manager/athletic director at Health Sciences High and Middle College in City Heights before becoming academic response manager and focusing on providing equitable opportunities for all students to be successful in the classroom.
"I helped students who were struggling and needed additional support to reach competency, understand the material and pass their classes," she explained. "It gave all students an equitable opportunity."
Matuk joins Lowry and vice principal Dana Tolomeo as the school's leadership team.
Matuk lives in La Mesa with her husband Joseph and Rio, a chihuahua-poodle mix.