Matthew Mugo Fields

Matthew Mugo Fields

Executive Vice President & General Manager of Supplemental and Intervention Solutions


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

San Diego, CA USA


Learn how to learn—part of that is learning to learn things you’re not that interested in. Being disciplined and focused enough to learn stuff that doesn’t seem interesting at first is really important.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Immigrated to the U.S. from Barbados when he was a child.
Transitioning into the U.S. school system was hard for him—says he was always underestimated, but he had a teacher who supported him and got him back on track.
Growing up, his family was very poor and he couldn’t afford to go to college.
His teacher and people in his community rallied together to raise money to send him to college—this generosity sparked his passion in education and his desire to give back.
Received his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College, then attended Harvard University, where he received a dual master’s degree in business administration and education.
While at Harvard, he co-founded a tutoring company which later became the Rocket Group, a company that uses technology to improve education and advance the field of online learning.
Worked at McGraw-Hill Education helping to develop adaptive learning programs for students.
He now works for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as an executive vice president and general manager in charge of the company’s supplemental curriculum portfolio and intervention solutions.
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Education

Education

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Morehouse College
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Harvard University
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Career

Career

Executive Vice President & General Manager of Supplemental and Intervention Solutions

I am an advocate dedicated to ensuring that academic success is attainable for all students.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Education
Technology
Technology
Helping People
Helping People

Day to Day

I manage the development and growth of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's supplemental curriculum portfolio, which includes intervention and assessment offerings for students. The main goal of my job is to find ways to engage students and support classrooms. One of the most exciting parts of my job is working with educators to help their students achieve their greatest potential.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Stay organized and have clear goals. Before you can improve on anything, you have to learn as much about it as you can. Learn how to learn and learn how to learn things that you may not be interested in right away. Discipline and focus go a long way.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Seek out mentors and listen to them when they give you advice. Learn from the people who have come before you. You can master anything you want, but you have to apply yourself.

Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You aren't smart enough to go to college."

In Barbados, I was always a really good student, but coming into the U.S. school system, I struggled. When I was in elementary/middle school, I was held back and put into classes that were basically for students who were never going to go to college. I was underestimated and teachers felt like I wasn't capable. It made me doubt myself, but I had the support of family and other teachers that believed in me and helped me succeed.

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant
First-Generation Immigrant

I immigrated to the U.S. from the Caribbean when I was young.

Financial
Financial

My family was really poor and I couldn't afford to pay for college. I had a teacher who raised money with the help of the community to send me to college.

School Stress
School Stress

Transitioning into the U.S. school system was challenging. I was held back and underestimated. It took some amazing teachers to help me and guide me back on track.