Meet Mr. Matzdorff: Lead Physical Education Teacher

IMG-0008Mr. Matzdorff is a native of Groton, CT — the “submarine capitol of the world.” He graduated from Liberty University in Virginia with a degree in Kinesiology with a teacher licensure. While at Liberty, he met and married the love of his life. Since graduation, he has spent the first three years of his career teaching the elementary students of Lynchburg, VA, building PE curriculum, and leading a morning fitness program to encourage healthy living and physical fitness. He is always smiling and passionate about most things in his life: coffee, New York sports, the outdoors, and — overall — his family. Mr. Matzdorff currently resides by the ocean on Cape Cod with his wife, Melody, his son, Oliver, and his boxer, Mia. 

Why did you choose the Alma team? 

I chose the Alma team because of their desire to better themselves and most importantly their scholars. Just from conversations with future coworkers I could tell that this was a school making a difference in a lot of children’s lives. I was inspired by their mission to send every scholar to college. It is evident that this is a school that is passionate about seeing their scholars succeed in every aspect of life. A school that always puts their scholars first, maintains a high academic standard, while also having fun in the process is a school I want to teach at! 

What do you hope to contribute to Alma? 

I hope to bring more energy and ideas to the Physical Education program! I hope to bring a sense of belonging and community to all of the classes that I teach. I want every scholar to learn how to be healthy and make good decisions, while also realizing that being healthy is a fun thing! I want every scholar to know that I am there to help them succeed! 

What is your top goal during your first year with Alma? 

My number one goal during my first year with Alma is to give every scholar an understanding of what it means to be healthy and physically fit — While also learning every scholars name!

What teacher made a difference in your life — how? 

My old track coach (Coach Kosta) made the biggest difference in my life. He taught me how to strive for greatness and give every race (and everything I do) my all. When I was captain of the team he showed me and taught me what it meant to be a leader. All of this helped mold me into the person and teacher that I am today.

Why did you become involved in education? 

I became involved in education because of all the teachers and coaches I have had throughout my life. They showed me how to learn while having fun, they cared about me and pushed me to do my best. Because of their impact in my life, I now have a passion to do the same for upcoming generations.

Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college? 

I went to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. I really liked how Liberty was a medium-sized school with a real community feel. The classes were small and the professors really made an effort to know you. It was a very exciting campus where I met some lifelong friends and my wife! Overall, it was a wonderful experience! 

What is your favorite place?

One of my favorite places to be is on a boat — doesn’t matter where! I love the water and anything that has to do with it!

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is pizza! Specifically a pizza called the Molokai from this little hole in the wall pizza place in Lynchburg. It has pineapple, bacon and barbecue sauce!

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