MATTHEW NELSON - PRINCIPAL
Matthew Nelson is excited to serve as the principal for Austin's flagship middle school destination. Prior to taking over the helm at Small, he served as the principal at Pease Elementary school for two years. There, he created numerous STEAM programs and initiatives similar to the courses offered here at Small. Before becoming a principal with AISD, he worked at O.Henry Middle School as an Assistant Principal, Special Education Teacher, Advisory Coordinator and coached every sport under the sun.
Mr. Nelson's philosophy about taking care of the child first, and ensuring teachers, parents, and staff value whole-child education above all else, make him the perfect champion for the unique and diverse programming here at Small. Small Middle School is all about offering the total "Middle School Experience" to all students and we are constantly exploring new ways to engage our students. Whether as part of our Green Tech Academy, our Dual Language program, our Project Lead the Way courses, or even our award winning Fine Arts classes, Mr. Nelson and Small work hard to ensure each child feels accepted, challenged, and that they are provided every opportunity to excel.
Mr. Nelson comes from a family of educators and is honored to be a part of the Southwest Austin community. Having lived in this area for over 15 years, he knows the culture, the clientele, the climate, and can even navigate the traffic circle at the Y.
DE'SEAN ROBY - ACADEMIC DEAN
De'Sean Lynette Roby began her teaching career as a long-term substitute for Blackshear Elementary and Lamar Middle School. Her first teaching position was 4th and 6th grade at Wimbush and Starrett Elementary in Arlington, Texas. Her career in Austin has been entirely in Title I schools, spending nine years at J.E. Pearce Middle school, teaching 6th grade ELA and Social Studies.
She spent five years at Gus Garcia Middle School, where she joined the faculty as ELA instructional coach, she was later promoted to Academic Dean in 2010. Ms. Rogy has been here at Clint Small Middle School as an Assistant Principal for the last 2 years and is now moving into her new role as Academic Dean.
Ms. Roby, often called just "Roby" enjoys working with teachers and students and enjoys being a member of the Clint Small Middle School community.
PATRICIA ESTEP – ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL
Patricia Estep (Patti) is a proud product of Austin Independent School District. Born and raised in East Austin, she attended Sanchez Elem, Martin Middle School and graduated from S.F Austin High School. Patti and her husband of 19 years, keep very busy raising two teenagers, a 14yr old daughter entering 8th grade and a 19yr old son entering the college.
After graduating from Texas State University, back when it was still called Southwest Texas State, she began her teaching career as a middle school math teacher for the next 10 years at Martin MS and Bedichek MS. She was then given the opportunity to join the Department of English Language Learners for AISD. In her roles as ELL/Math curriculum specialist, Elementary Dual Language specialist and the Middle School Dual Language coordinator she learned how to work with teachers across the district at all grade levels and content areas.
Patti is honored to join the administration team at Clint Small MS, and to work in an environment that focuses on the whole child, supports its teachers and aims to meet the academic and linguistic needs for all student learners.
DAVID SAMMON - ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL
David Sammon is entering his 15th year in education. Mr. Sammon graduated from the University of North Texas with his bachelors, UTSA with his secondary education degree, and from Concordia University in Austin with his Masters in Educational Administration.
Mr. Sammon brings a wealth of leadership experience and academic expertise that focuses on critical thinking, high standards, and collaboration. Mr. Sammon began his career in Austin ISD at O. Henry middle school back in 2002. In addition, Mr. Sammon has been fortunate to work at high-achieving districts across the state including Leander, Northeast San Antonio, and Pflugerville ISD.
His philosophy in education encompasses the whole child and focuses on positive behavior management, parent partnerships, and building relationships with students daily. Mr. Sammon has taught every grade level from 6-12 and understands the challenges and processes it takes to achieve success with students from every background. Mr. Sammon has been fortunate enough to not only teach, but coach student athletes at both the middle school and high school level while understanding the value of team work, work ethic, and character development.
His broad perspective on education stems from his growing up in California, Hawaii, and Texas while interacting with a broad range of people. His wife is an instructional coach at Region 13 and his daughter will be an 8th grader this coming year. Mr. Sammon is looking forward to the opportunity to positively impact the lives of students long term and to raising the standards for students so that they ultimately will raise the standards for themselves.