Matin Abdel-Qawi became Principal at Oakland High School in 2012, following more than twenty years of service to students in Oakland, as an educator, assistant principal, principal, and program director with Oakland Unified School District.
Matin Abdel-Qawi graduated from Plainfield High School in Plainfield, New Jersey in 1984. In the Fall of that same year he began his undergraduate studies at the Richard Stockton State College in Pomona, New Jersey. While at Stockton he majored in business marketing and minored in African American Studies.
In 1994, Matin began to substitute teach in OUSD. After his first year he was offered a full time position, teaching math at Claremont Middle School. At Claremont, Matin was the on site Project YES coordinator, an after school environmental education program focused on Service Learning. In 1996 Matin was accepted into the Teachers Education Program at the New College of California where he earned a CLEAR Multiple Subject Credential with CLAD.
In 2000, during his fifth year at Claremont, Matin was accepted into the Principals Leadership Institute at the University of California, Berkeley and earned his Administrative Credential and a Masters in Educational Leadership. Matin was given his first administrative position at Castlemont High School as an Assistant Principal in 2001. During his four years as Assistant Principal, Matin helped to transform the school into three small autonomous high schools. In the fall of 2004, Matin became the Principal of one of those small schools, East Oakland School of the Arts (EOSA). After 6 years at EOSA, Matin became the Director of the Office of African-American Male Achievement at OUSD.
Matin is the father of three—two sons and a daughter.