About

Mr. Matthie grew up on a dairy farm in rural Ontario. As a teen, he played volleyball, basketball, and baseball while attending South Grenville District High School. He was also a member of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. He participated in leadership and survival courses in Bagotville, Quebec and Cold Lake, Alberta. In fact, his first paid teaching position was in Cold Lake as a staff instructor for the Senior Leadership Course.

He graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton in 2006 with two degrees: a Bachelor of Arts (Dean's List) in Classics and Geography and a Combined Honours Bachelor of Arts in English and History. He also studied Linguistics, Psychology, Latin, German, and Philosophy. While studying in Hamilton, he worked as a tutor for several inner city immigrant families who were struggling with life in Canada. This experience taught him the true value of language skills. After leaving Hamilton, he attended Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, graduating in 2007 with his Bachelor of Education (First Class Standing).

His first teaching position was at Cheonghak Technical High School in Incheon, South Korea. He served as the Native English Language Teacher on a team of Korean English teachers. He taught English to over 3000 students in grades 10, 11, and 12 and modified assessment to include personal interviews. He taught Summer and Winter English camps as well as a Community English Course for his students' parents. One of his Summer Camps was located on Yeonpyeong Island - one of a series of islands contested by North Korea. He also published a Technical School English Textbook while he was employed in Korea.

After returning home to Canada, Mr. Matthie moved to Alberta to teach at Mistassiniy School in Wabasca. He taught English 8, 9, 10-1, 10-2, 20-1, 30-1, and 30-2 to a predominantly aboriginal student population over his four year career at this school. He won the Edwin Parr Teaching Award for Northland School Division during his first year at Mistassiniy School. He coached basketball and volleyball and was the Staff Advisor for the Mistassiniy Mercury - the student newspaper. He was also a member of the Advancing Adolescent Reading Initiative, which was a pilot program sponsored by the Alberta government to promote teenage reading skills. While in Wabasca he married the love of his life and celebrated the birth of his first son.

In the summer of 2012, Mr. Matthie moved to Lacombe to teach at Ecole Lacombe Junior High School. He teaches English 9 and Social Studies 9. Once again, he is coaching volleyball, and he recently celebrated the birth of his second son. He is a member of the 21st Century Learning team at our school, and actively promotes the use of technology for student learning and collaboration. He also enjoys sitting down and reading a good book.