Mr. Matuszeski-Middle School Health Teacher
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
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?
"The difference between try and triumph is a little bit of umph."
What Goals Do You Have For This School Year?
When we asked if Mr. Matuszeski had any random facts to share...He shared a great one!
What is Mr. Matuszeski's Favorite Teaching Tool?
"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.
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.