Thank you for visiting the Cross Oaks Elementary website! My name is Matt Preston, and I have been honored to serve as your principal since 2014. I am excited to continue working collaboratively with parents, teachers, and the community to benefit our students and the Cross Oak Ranch community!
I began my career in education in 2003, and I have been blessed to call the Denton Independent School District home for the vast majority of my career. I began my teaching career as a music and art teacher, followed by eight years teaching fourth grade. I have worked as an elementary school administrator since 2011.
I received my bachelor of science from the University of North Texas in elementary education with a minor in music, and I earned my master of arts degree from Texas Woman's University in educational administration. My thesis focused on the value of music education to accomplishing school goals.
The most important thing in my life is my family. My wife Lindsay is an educator as well and has been instrumental in my personal growth as a teacher and leader. We are blessed with two daughters, Eloise and Clara. In my spare time, I enjoy playing and writing music, cooking, traveling, and spending quality time with my family.
If you are new to Cross Oaks, welcome to our school family! I have no doubt you will find our school to be filled with warm, caring adults with a heart for teaching and relationship-building. I am very proud of the quality of our staff and the passion and dedication they bring to their work each day!
Our school's mission is "Learning for All," and this drives our work each and every day. At Cross Oaks, we believe that all students are capable of learning and achieving at high levels. We are committed to doing whatever it takes to help all children succeed!
While academic learning is a priority for us, we are intentional in addressing students' social and emotional needs as well. We understand social and emotional learning to be foundational to a student's academic success.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your support of learning at Cross Oaks, and please do not hesitate to let me know if I can be of service!