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MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER
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.
Six years later, Bigler decided to go back to school and enrolled in the graduate teaching licensure program at the College of St. Scholastica where he obtained his secondary social studies license.
Bigler has worked as a behavior specialist at the McKinley Area Learning Center School in the St. Cloud School District for the last six years. Additionally, he has been working as a part-time police officer in Albany, Minnesota for the last two years.
Athlos Academy of St. Cloud stood out to Bigler because of how well it aligned with his own life values and a beliefs.
“I am a reflective, 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 said he is ready to dive in head first to the new school year and strive to help establish Athlos Academy of St. Cloud as one of the best in the area.
“To help achieve this, I plan to design and deliver learning experiences that support all three pillars the school is designed around while also creating a classroom environment that promotes an enjoyable experience, equality, and challenge,” Bigler said.
Favorite Performance Character Trait: Grit
When it comes to the Athlos Performance Character traits, the one that resonates most with Bigler is grit.
“Life can throw people many curveballs and it is important to teach our young minds the importance of being able to hit those curveballs out of the park (baseball pun intended),” Bigler said.
Fun Facts about Mr. Bigler
Q: What are three fun facts about you?
- I was a Police Officer for 3 years
- I enjoy doing pottery
- I can play taps on the bugle
Q: What is your favorite type of physical activity?
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 was your favorite childhood book?
“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.