Teacher Feature

Mr. Matuszeski-Middle School Health Teacher

Quick Biography

Name: Mr. Matuszeski

Hometown: Port Edwards, WI

Position: Middle School Health Teacher

College Attended & Degrees Attained: Bachelors of Science from UW-La Crosse in Fitness with an emphasis in Strength and Conditioning and a Business Minor. Masters of Science from UW-La Crosse in Pedagogy (Physical Education) with emphasis in Experiential Education and also in Health Education

Years Teaching/ Previous Districts: Jefferson is my only public school district, but I did teach health and fitness classes at UW-La Crosse.

Years at Jefferson: 13 of the best years of my life.

What do you think makes Jefferson Special? Definitely the kids. They are welcoming, enthusiastic, hard-working, empathetic, friendly, and really willing to give you their best.

Hobbies and Interests Outside of Education: I love spending time with my wife Megan, hunting and fishing, kayaking, hiking, biking, and exercising for fitness.

Get To Know Mr. Matuszeski A Little Better

When asked what other careers or jobs Mr. Matuszeski had before becoming a teacher, it became very clear that he isn't afraid of hard work!

Mr. Matuszeski says "I’ve done it all when it comes to jobs outside of teaching. I’ve worked as a strength and conditioning coach at Arizona State University, worked as an adventure education coordinator for UW-La Crosse, taught fitness and health classes at UW-La Crosse, was a personal trainer at several gyms, dug graves by hand for a summer (that was a morbid job), worked in retail, fast food, in a cheese factory, telemarketing, manual labor for the city of Port Edwards, operated an ice rink, was a church caretaker, washed dishes at a diner, worked as a roofer...like I said...I’ve done it all.

Everyone has a dream as a kid. What did Mr. Matuszeski want to be when he grew up?

I wanted to be a psychologist. I am fascinated with the mind/body connection and how people think and interact with one another.

"The difference between try and triumph is a little bit of umph."

What Goals Do You Have For This School Year?

My goal for the year is to start up a fitness and lifting club at JMS. I’ve always loved working in the weight room and I really think kids have a strong desire to use the weight room, but are either intimidated or just don’t know how.

When we asked if Mr. Matuszeski had any random facts to share...He shared a great one!

He is in a music video! He makes a brief appearance in the video "In These Arms" by Bon Jovi from their Keep The Faith album. The video was shot in Madison, WI and Mr. Matuszeski was in the audience. He's only on camera for a moment, but if you look closely you can spot him. And of course, we've included the video below, see if you can pick him out of the crowd.
Bon Jovi - In These Arms

What is Mr. Matuszeski's Favorite Teaching Tool?

You might expect it to be a Smartboard or some sort of piece of athletic equipment, but what he really values is solid interpersonal skills.

"My favorite teaching tool is actually my handshake. I teach my students as 6th graders the importance of a proper greeting and interpersonal communication. We shake hands every morning before class and greet each other. We ask short questions about each other and it really starts the class off in the right direction. It’s a life skill that each one of my students will use at one point in their lives."

Mr. Matuszeski was willing to share about a challenge in his life and how he has worked to overcome his loss.

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The biggest challenge I’ve had in my life is the loss of my daughter Ava. She was born on September 24, 2010 and passed away 7 days later. She was only 25 weeks along when my wife developed a disease called preeclampsia. This forced my wife to undergo an emergency C-section. Ava was way too underdeveloped to survive outside the womb and passed away Oct. 2, 2010. Overcoming the loss of a child is not easy. My strong relationship with my wife, my faith, and with the help of friends and family, we were able to come to terms with the loss of our daughter. This is probably why I take my teaching so seriously. Every one of the kids I work with is a precious gift and and a blessing.

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Mr. Matuszeski can be found at the Middle School teaching students health and wellness in grades 6-8. Follow all the great things happening in his class on Facebook! Link below.