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DEAN OF STUDENTS
About Mr. Bigler
Matt Bigler earned his bachelor’s degree in criminology from University of Minnesota where, upon graduation, he enrolled in the one-year law enforcement certification program at Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College. After six years of working in schools he enrolled in the graduate teaching licensure program at the College of St. Scholastica where he obtained his secondary social studies license. Currently Bigler is working towards his administrative license at St. Cloud State.
Bigler has worked as a behavior specialist at the McKinley Area Learning Center School in the St. Cloud School District from 2010-2016. Additionally, he has worked as a part-time police officer in Albany, Minnesota. He taught sixth grade for the first year Athlos opened where he transitioned into the role of Dean of Students.
Athlos Academy of St. Cloud stood out to Bigler because of how well it aligned with his own life values and beliefs.
“I am a health conscious, organic eating, physically active person and feel Athlos is designed in a way that promotes these lifestyles in the Prepared Mind, Healthy Body, and Performance Character pillars,” Bigler said.
Bigler’s goal for the new school year is to promote and cultivate a positive school culture that not only flourishes within the school but over flows into the home-life and community.
Favorite Performance Character Trait: Courage
We are educating the future of tomorrow and in this era, having the courage to take risks and think with innovation will be important.
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Fun Facts about Mr. Bigler
Q: What are some things about you most people don’t know?
- Photography is a hobby.
- I would love to open a coffee shop/farm-to-table bistro.
- I can play Taps on the bugle.
Q: What is your favorite type of physical activity?
A: My favorite physical activity is kayaking. There is nothing I enjoy more than spending my free time being out on a secluded lake exploring all the curves and crevasses on a hot sunny day.
Q: What are your most favorite children’s books?
A: “Hatchet” was my favorite book growing up. My passion for the outdoors stems back to a young age, which is why I think I enjoyed the book so much.