Matthew Strine has hit the “cycle” in the education world, from being a classroom teacher of students to a building-wide teacher of teachers to a director of a small team of educators and the leader of a whole school community as building principal. While rounding the bases was certainly a meaningful and somewhat tiring experience, he landed back in the classroom again in 2020 and now teaches middle school and high school students in Monessen City School District. Matthew’s class schedule includes high school level robotics, a.k.a. Bots IQ, high school level computer programming, middle school Project Lead the Way, and middle school tech ed. Mr. Strine, as his students know him, is currently re-purposing some of his workspaces and creating the first-ever Monessen Maker Space. As he puts it, it will be where ed tech and tech ed intersect.
The Educator of the Year Awards are presented annually to exemplary educators who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to preparing students for success in college and in life. These awardees model best practices in teaching or administration inside and outside of the classroom, are peer role models, and demonstrate outstanding leadership and excellence in education. Any high school educator has the opportunity to apply.