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Matthew Hiefield

Beaverton School District

Beaverton School District
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Matthew Hiefield


Beaverton School District

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My passion for teaching was nurtured when I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the late 1980s. I was stationed in a remote village in Mauritania, West Africa. Although there was no electricity or running water, the villagers devoted themselves to the community. They enjoyed working with one another despite the harsh conditions, and this experience helped teach me the power of collaboration. For the past 25 years I have been a Social Studies Teacher. Early on in my career, I was lucky to have wonderful mentors. The great teachers who have mentored me over the years have had a variety of teaching styles but have shared similar traits: 1. They love their jobs and they enjoy every type of student. 2. They realize that teaching is a noble profession. 3. They recognize that the whole is indeed often more than the sum of the parts, and that creating a creating a community of learners is essential helps everyone reach his or her potential. 4. They know that the most important person is the world is the person that they are work with at that very moment. As a teacher, I have come to live by these traits that exemplify outstanding teachers. I have served many roles thus far: Social Studies Dept. Chair IB Coordinator Talented and Gifted Coordinator Proficiency Coordinator Tech Facilitator Honor by Listening Project Coordinator National Science Foundation Summer workshop trainer BSD Summer Symposium Instructor My current passion is focusing on equity within our district. Recently, Our district instituted a 1 to 1 chromebook adoption. Although this has eliminated the device digital divide, it has created a new set of challenges as not all students have internet access at home. I am working to build awareness on this issue by presenting at both national and local workshops. My blog on the digital divide is http://digitaldivideinuseducation.blogspot.com/