LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Angela Matiash

Position: Eighth Grade English Teacher
School: Plainview-Elgin-Millville 7-8 Jr. High
School District: Plainview-Elgin-Millville Community Schools
City, State: Elgin, MN

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Angie Matiash was nominated by her principal, Clark Olstad.

Mrs. Matiash is an amazing educator who never gives up on a student. She educates each child on their individual needs related to academic abilities, behavior, and personal struggles they may be dealing with in life.

Mrs. Matiash is the type of superior teacher who spends every minute while at school focusing on how she can help another student succeed in her classroom. She also helps students with important life skills like responsibility, accountability, and grit. It's very common for her to have students in her classroom during her prep time and daily lunch break. She is always willing to give up her own time to help a student accomplish a goal.

Another area where Mrs. Matiash truly excels in is her ability to implement differentiated instruction. It's extremely rare for her to teach a lesson or set expectations for an assignment that are the same for everyone. Instead, with her strong belief in differentiated instruction, she has multiple types of assignments with requirements that meets the needs and challenges of each academic learner. On her vocabulary lessons, for example, she creates multiple levels for each student depending on their abilities and desire to be challenged. The regular list is based off the textbook and stories. The advanced list is based on SAT and ACT study guides. The most difficult list is extremely challenging, with Greek, Latin, and French words. This list is still a work in progress, but it involves roots, prefixes, suffixes, and categories in medical, law, government, history, and mythology.

Mrs. Matiash has many strengths as an educator, but one of her biggest strengths is her ability to create one of the best classroom environments. Some of the most challenging students in her school do extremely well in her classroom environment - specifically, some of the boys who traditionally haven't enjoyed English. One reason is because Mrs. Matiash tries very hard to make English fun by reading interesting material, and when students are doing writing activities, they are often writing about their personal lives.

"A quote from A. P. J. Abdul Kalam reminds me of Mrs. Matiash. 'Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honor for me,'" said Olstad. "Students and parents have commented many times that Mrs. Matiash is a great teacher, and that they will remember her forever as having a positive influence on their lives. She is, and will continue to be, a LifeChanger to many students and families at Plainview-Elgin-Millville Community Schools!”

Comments (1)

Renae Buck Posted over a year ago

So happy to see you were nominated for LifeChanger of the year! I know the positive impact you have on your students. You always put your students first and want the best educational outcome for each and every one of of them! You are well deserving of this nomination!