Third Academy was founded by Dr. S. Lal Mattu. He is an experienced educator and administrator who has worked in public education for over forty years. Dr S. Lal Mattu holds a BSc, MEd, PhD (Educational Psychology), Diploma in Early Childhood Education, and is a Psychologist. While working as a School Superintendent in various school jurisdictions in Alberta and British Columbia his responsibilities were in three major areas: human resources, program development, and special needs.
Dr. S. Lal Mattu´s dream to open a school dedicated to serving families with special educational needs grew out of witnessing countless children “fall through the cracks” in the conventional school system. For whatever reason, many students were simply not succeeding. What these students needed was a different kind of school.
On September 1st, 1997, Dr. S. Lal Mattu´s dream was realized when Third Academy’s doors were opened.
Dr. Mattu continues to be active in the Third Academy community by serving as Ambassador at Large. In this role, Dr. Mattu reaches out to broader community so that there is a greater understanding of the important work Third Academy does every school day.