Staff Spotlight: Matt Barron

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Classes you teach: Middle School Coding and Robotics

Previous work experience: My first 8 ½ years of teaching were spent in the Clark County School District in Las Vegas Nevada. There I taught 4 years of 6th grade science and 4 years of STEM. My first year and a half in the Faribault School District I taught 6th grade science before moving to the Coding and Robotics program this year.

Years with the district: One and a half

What are some of your hobbies and interests? 

I enjoy the outdoors, lifting weights, and being with my family.

What’s something interesting about you that not a lot of people know? 

I spent a number of years training and competing in strongman with Nick Best, one of the top strength athletes in the country.  

Why did you decide to pursue a career in education? 

At first I was not interested in education and wanted to get a degree and work in a Biology field, until I started to help coach a youth football team. I then realized that I loved working with kids and education was a career path I should peruse.

What do you enjoy most about working with students?

What I most like about working with students is watching them use a piece of knowledge or a skill that they have learned in my class to successfully complete a task or problem. I also enjoy the how funny and goofy middle school students can be.

Share a fun project you've worked on or innovative teaching method you've used this year. What made it memorable for you? 

Currently I am going to school for my Master’s Degree in STEM Education and a part of obtaining my degree is conducting an action research project. For my project I decided to concentrate on the implementation of computational thinking and how it can increase student’s abilities to solve complex problems. It’s memorable because it has been a lot of work towards my degree. 

What do you enjoy about being part of Faribault Public Schools?

What I enjoy most about Faribault Public Schools is my co-workers. It was not easy to move across the country and start a new job, but the staff at the Middle School were very welcoming and it made for a great transition.

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