MAT Poster Session

MAT Poster Session

Join MAT 2019 candidates on August 9, 2019 from 10:30-2:30 for interactive conversations about culturally responsive and anti-racist teaching practices.

Alumni News

  • Matt Lonsdale (MAT ’09) and his passion for teaching marine biology at the Science and Math Institute in Tacoma was featured in the Spring 2019 Arches magazine. Read Matt's reflections about project based learning.
  • Sarah Brauner (MAT ’17) 8th grade English Language Arts at Columbia Junior High School was honored as the Fife School District Certificated Employee of the Year. The staff in each school building votes to select one certificated employee of the year and one classified employee of the year. These selected employees from each school are then asked to write an essay. Based on that essay, the selected employees of the year from the previous year vote on who receives the district employee of the year awards. Read Sarah’s reflections about the importance of relationships in teaching.
  • Ryan Baker’s (MAT '18) thesis paper, "Students at the Center, Progress in the Present: Integrating Frameworks for Justice-Oriented Learning" was chosen as the 2018 University of Puget Sound Writing Excellence Award winner for graduate program submissions.
  • T'wina Nobles ('06, MAT '07) was awarded the Keep Living the Dream awarded presented by Puget Sound's Office of Intercultural Engagement. The award honors community members who embody Dr. Martin Luther King's spirit.
  • A Special Student Issue of the Race and Pedagogy Journal Undoing Miseducation: Centering Race and Unlearning Racism in Teacher Education features the master’s work of twelve MAT ‘18 alumni: Ryan Baker, Rebecca Bathrick, Ninoshka Chavez, Austin Docter, Holly Keehn, Colin Kelly, Madeline McVay, Beth O’Reilly, Spencer Rake-Marona, Robin Rosenberg, Jordan Ross, Cameron Stedman. They share reflections that represent how race and racism are visible, silenced, and/or dismissed in classrooms and schools.
  • Shannen Riede (MAT '17) is featured in Tacoma Public Schools' video "Everything you dreamed it to be" relating her experiences as a first-year teacher at Crescent Heights Elementary School.
  • Welcome back Aubrey Shelton (BA '05, MAT '06) University of Puget Sound's new Men's Basketball Head Coach!  Aubrey will be returning to Puget Sound after more than 11 years at Tacoma's Lincoln High School.
  • Colleen Pancake (MAT '10) was named Puyallup School District Teacher of the Year for Region III. Colleen teaches AVID at Rogers High School. 

  • Lisa Sternadel Rodgers (MAT '03) was awarded the Milken Award. Milken Educators are selected in early to mid-career for what they have achieved and for the promise of what they will accomplish. Lisa teaches ninth grade physical science and AP biology at Grandview High School in Aurora, CO and was selected for creating an engaging and blended learning classroom for her high school students.

  • Jeremy Bort ('03, MAT '05) and Francesco Ortenzo ('01, MAT '05) were panelists at the PAX West gaming convention in Seattle.  Their topic was Gaming in the Classroom: How Play Can Improve Our Schools.

  • Brandon Muller (MEd '10) is working at Valley Cities Mental Health Center. Brandon is working towards his mental health counselor license. Previously he was a career and accommodation specialist at Highline College.

  • Bryan Johnson (MAT '97)  was selected to the 2017 Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship program. Bryan explored to the Galapagos Islands in pursuit of enhancing geographic knowledge with hands-on field experience. Bryan is a national board-certified fifth grade teacher in Tacoma and uses Google Earth in unique ways to enhance his students' understandings of and connections to the planet.
  • Bryan Sullivan (MAT '14) and his drama students at Kamiak High School, were nominated for 12 awards from The 5th Avenue high school awards program for their spring musical, "Footloose." They received more nominations than any other high school in the state.
  • Diane Wright (MAT '16) thesis paper, "Intersections of Identity and Cultural Competency: A White Teacher in a Tribal School" was chosen as the University of Puget Sound Writing Excellence Award winner for graduate program submissions.
  • Andrew Miller (MAT '05) published the book, "Freedom to Fail: How Do I Foster Risk-Taking and Innovation in My Classroom?" (ASCD, 2015).
  • Take a look at what Johnny Devine (MAT '09) and Kainoa Higgins (MAT '10) have to say about their schools.
  • Chris Burns (MAT '10), was awarded the University Place Teacher of Year.  In 2015, Chris was also recognized by Narrows View Intermediate School with the Golden Apple Award. In addition to teaching Chris is involved with the Tacoma Symphony.
  • Kainoa Higgins (UPS '08, MAT '09) completed the Teacher at Sea program sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • Madeline Isaacson (UPS ’13, MAT’14) appeared on the National Public Radio show “On Point”. Isaacson said her Puget Sound student teaching had well prepared her for classroom work and she was optimistic about teaching (Isaacson at 23 mins.). 
  • Alumni, Madeline Isaacson (UPS '13, MAT '14) and Grant Ruby (MAT '14), and Professor Amy Ryken featured in Edutopia article on evolving challenges for student teachers.
  • Jessica Stella, (MAT '10), featured in Tacoma Public Schools "Inspired Teaching."