Matt Friedrick is the founder of World Class, where he is driven by the belief that all students deserve the chance to graduate from high school ready to make a positive impact on the world around them. Matt started his career as a teacher, leading high school Spanish and 7th grade classes in highly innovative and internationally-connected schools. Following his teaching years, Matt became the director of K-12 global education for the University of North Carolina System’s Center for International Understanding (now called Go Global NC), where he served for nine years. Among other achievements there, Matt started the nation’s 2nd largest Chinese language program (now reaching over 12,000 students per year); brokered state-level relationships with China, India, and Mexico; and led over 300 educators and education policy leaders on partnership trips abroad. Following the UNC System, Matt served as the director of Duke University’s business school relationships in India and Latin America. Matt currently serves as a trustee for the Longview Foundation for World Affairs and Youth Understanding, and as a member of the North Carolina Coalition on Global Competitiveness. Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature with a minor in Comparative Cultural Studies from Texas A&M University, where he was a McFadden Scholar. He also holds a Master of Education from NC State University, as well as an MBA, also from NC State University. Matt lives with his wife, Kate, and their two children, Bella and Archer, in Raleigh, North Carolina.