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Matthew

My passion for working in education began in high school, where I served as a biology and math peer tutor on behalf of the National Honor Society during my junior and senior years. During this time, I also took advanced placement classes in the sciences, including AP Biology and AP Environmental Science, and enjoyed the rigor of the work as well as the opportunity to explore inquiry-based activities and form my own solutions to difficult problems. Due to these experiences, I knew that once I graduated I wanted to pursue a career in science education.

While I was at Susquehanna University, I was exposed to a wide variety of life science courses, including Exercise & Extreme Physiology and Vertebrate Natural History, which all solidified my interest in science, especially biology. Furthermore, I had the opportunity to not only conduct undergraduate research with one of my professors, but also become a published author in the Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science. In the midst of this, I took several education classes and had the opportunity to student teach at Midd-West High School. All of these experiences ultimately shaped me into a person who wants to explore as much as possible, share my findings, and educate others.

Shortly after graduating from Susquehanna, I was accepted into the 2014 Los Angeles corps of Teach for America. My two years in the corps were spent serving as a secondary science teacher, both at Crenshaw High and Joseph Le Conte Middle School. The time I spent as a corps member allowed me to understand the issues that students in LA and the surrounding area face on a daily basis as well as design curriculum that is aligned to the new Next Generation Science Standards and differentiated according to students' needs. I look forward to continuing my work as an educator in southern California and am excited to work with students in order to help them take ownership of their education and reach their full potential.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Susquehanna University - Bachelors, Biology

Reading novels and exciting genetics research, playing soccer, hiking, walking with my dog, watching Steven Universe