May 20, 2024 Author: Matthew Renze

Today, I graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence.

As I wrapped things up, I was reminded of the old saying, “It takes a village to raise a child”.

Looking back on the past 40+ years of my education, I would say it’s probably closer to a small city!

So many people have been an integral part of my educational journey over the years.

However, our teachers often don’t get the credit they deserve for the impact they have on our lives.

So, as a token of my appreciation, I’d like to publicly thank all the teachers who have made me the life-long learner that I am today.

And when I say all of them, I really do mean all of them; all 146 teachers I’ve had from preschool through college!


Kiddie Carousel Preschool (1982-1983)

Fairview Kindergarten (1983-1984)

  • Terri Miller – Principal
  • Lora Farrell – Teacher

Holy Trinity Elementary School (1984-1989)

Holy Spirit Elementary School (1989-1992)

Kuemper Catholic High School (1992 – 1996)

High School Diploma (1996)

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year

Des Moines Area Community College (1996 – 2006)

Associate of Science in Management Information Systems (2004)
Associate of Science in Business Administration (2005)
Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts (2006)

First Year

Second Year

Third Year

Final Years

Iowa State University (2006 – 2011)

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (2011)
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (2011)
Minor in Economics (2011)

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year


Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT] (2020)

Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Business Strategy (2020)

Johns Hopkins University (2014 – 2024)

Data Science Specialization (2017)

Master’s Degree in Artificial Intelligence (2024)


This list doesn’t even include all the support staff, teacher assistants, online course instructors, and mentors I’ve had over the years.

As you can see, it really does take a village.

Thank you to my village for being a part of my educational journey!


My first day of pre-school (Sept 1982).

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