Teacher and University of Wisconsin Oshkosh alumnus Matt Lindsey ’11 MSE, will serve as the president of the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers (WSST) for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years.
Lindsey teaches AP physics, AP chemistry and fab lab courses at Mosinee High School. He has been awarded multiple grants for his work in the classroom, including the Foundation Beyond Pencils Grant and WPS Innovative Educator Grant.
This year he will begin a two-year term as president of WSST, the largest membership organization in Wisconsin focused on the advancement of science education. Lindsey joins UW Oshkosh College of Education and Human Services Associate Dean Eric Brunsell who serves as the organization’s chief operations officer.
“WSST has meant a lot to me over the years as I have been able to network with fellow science educators throughout the state. Through these friendships, I have learned new pedagogical strategies, developed new teaching methodologies and I shared my passion for science,” he said.
Lindsey’s goals to help the state advance science education during his term:
- Increase the number of professional development opportunities offered to teachers with special emphasis on elementary teachers to ensure that students have science in their daily curriculum.
- Create an open dialogue between pre-service teachers and the WSST board to find opportunities of support as these students navigate the licensing process.
- Develop a mentorship program between veteran teachers and new educators to help retention of top talent while creating safe space for collaboration.
Advice for future teachers
In the classroom, Lindsey continues to help his students connect to science curriculum concepts by making them relatable on a personal level. As the president of WSST, he wants to inspire the next generation of science educators.
“Thank you to future educators for taking on this endeavor to inspire your students to dream big and reach their full potential. What you are choosing to do with your life matters far greater than you will ever know,” he said.