Dear Students, Parents, and/or Guardians,I want to welcome you all back to another great year in the Upper St. Clair School District! My name is Matthew N. Dudley, and I am thrilled to be teaching your child in mathematics and problem solving in Team Eagle. I know that many great things are going to happen this school year, and feel honored to have the opportunity to work with your child!
I have lived in Western Pennsylvania my entire life, and earned my Bachelors Degree in Elementary and Special Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I have completed coursework towards earning my Masters Degree in Administration from Duquesne University. Previous to Upper St. Clair, I was privileged to work as a classroom teacher at Pace School for three years, a non-profit approved private school serving students of elementary or middle school age that meet the Pennsylvania standard for emotional disturbance, autism, neurological impairment, or persuasive developmental delay. I came to Upper St. Clair with the privilege of working with the students at Boyce as an Inclusion Special Education Teacher, a role that I have loved for eleven years. Now in my sixth year as a math teacher, I have gained a great deal of knowledge and ideas while working with the students at the middle school level, and this allowed me to continue to grow professionally and personally. I know that over the course of the year, you will have a better opportunity to get to know me and the dedication that I bring into each and every classroom I enter.
On a lighter note, I have many interests and activities that I love outside of school. First, any Pittsburgh team (especially the Steelers!) holds a special place in my heart, as my classroom would show. I love NASCAR, dirt track racing, and any type of fast car! This is something that I have been able to share with my father for the last thirty plus years, and now sharing that same right of passage with my son. I enjoy being outdoors, which may include going to our camp to relax or sitting lakeside with a fishing pole in my hand. Finally, my favorite thing to do is spend time with my friends and family, especially my wife Joyce, and my two children, Steele Ryan and Stella Rian (see if you can figure out how much I love the Steelers!). Steele is ready to dominate seventh grade and Stella cannot wait for her fifth grade year. I also cannot forget my other children, my Chihuahua-Greyhound named Daisy and my Lab/Hound mix named Callie Mae. We currently reside in the Canon-McMillan School District, and have enjoyed living here for the past fourteen years. I participate in many events around the school building and district, as I currently am the Co-Coordinator for the Deer Valley program, Eagle Sweets founder and CEO, and Statistician for the USC Varsity Football team.Each year, it is critical to acknowledge the significance of the student’s transition from the elementary level to Boyce Middle School. There are many personal philosophies and beliefs that I carry into my lessons and classrooms, especially the concepts and practices of the middle school child. Growing up in Greensburg, not only did I have two brothers to keep me company, but also twenty-eight cousins that I regularly saw every Sunday at my grandparents. My family actually taught me many great things because I have never seen so many unique and different individuals love and respect one another in one place. Any classroom should feel like a second home to anyone that is in the room, something I do not take lightly. The warmth can be shared by the physical atmosphere, including the walls and windows, and also from myself, the students, and any other person in the classroom.
Overall, once again, I thank you for the opportunity that I am receiving to work with your child. I truly enjoy teaching and life in general, and cannot think of anything else that I would rather be doing each and every day. My door is always open, and I encourage you to contact me as much as possible to discuss any questions or concerns dealing with your child. I am open to discuss the current progress of your child, as well as any ideas to better educate and better provide opportunities for success. I try to be as readily available as possible, so it is never to early or late to get in touch. Please feel free to call (412) 833-1600 ext. 5125 to reach me at school, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit me in person in room 32. I know that great things are going to happen this school year, and with great teamwork, dedication, and some fun, we can make this the best school year ever! Go Steelers!Sincerely,Matthew N. Dudley