Matt Van Blaricom

Matt Van Blaricom

Teacher


Iron County Adult Education


I learned to look for what matters to me most. Once I have decided upon a goal, I pursue it with a vigor and drive that is unrelenting.

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Decided at 8 years old to not commit suicide. Swore to myself my children would not endure abuse.
Got a GED at 16 after being expelled from school followed by dropping out.
Earned my culinary arts credentials.
Earned my security credentials.
Earned my paralegal studies diploma.
Graduated Magna Cum Laude with my Bachelors in Elementary Education and a mathematics emphasis.
Secured my job as a teacher.

Education

GED
Great Basin High School
Bachelor
Elementary Education and Teaching
Southern Utah University
Certification/License
Culinary Arts/Chef Training
Clearfield Job Corps
Certification/License
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Ashworth University

Career

Teacher

I help students to gain knowledge and learn a growth mindset.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Numbers
Education
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

No two days are exactly alike. At any moment a student can ask me to teach anything contained within the high school or GED curriculum. I can be called into an emergency meeting to discuss an issue I was completely unaware of 5 minutes before. I prepare lessons students will find engaging. I get to teach amazing lessons. I help people learn they truly can succeed.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

My chef skills help me prioritize and accomplish goals. The ability to read informational texts and translate that into ideas. The ability to analyze laws using skills learned in my paralegal studies. The ability to de-escalate situations taught in my security courses. The ability to speak in "I" statements and repeat to an individual what I believe they just said to me.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

You need to volunteer. There is nothing more terrible than a teacher who hates the kids they serve. Do not come into the profession without speaking to teachers, administrators and others. Teaching is not just teaching, it is organization, planning, deadlines and administration. Be aware teachers work many more hours and spend more of their own money on classrooms than most people realize.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Elementary Education and Teaching

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"You will never finish high school. You'll end up in jail."

Challenges I Overcame

Learning Issues
Financial
Gangs / Violence