I started out in elementary school, then moved into teaching middle school math. I have also taught other electives, like learning strategies to help keep students organized and provide additional support for assignment and homework completion.I am also my school's math department chair. I have been a leader in behavior management strategies in my current school and continue to work with other teachers and administration to mentor teachers and/or staff.
I am fair but firm with my students. I joke and use sarcasm often, it's more fun in middle school as they start to understand it more. I try to include real world math and relate it to something they'll need later in life also. I am known on my campus as a teacher not to mess with as I follow through with my classroom expectations and consequences with all my students regardless of where on campus they may be! Many students describe me as their favorite teacher ever, some can't stand me! (mostly the rule breakers, haha)
Member of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education. Certified Mentor Teacher in Manatee County.
I am a graduate of University of South Florida in St. Petersburg. Where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in education with K-6 Elementary Education certification, K-12 ESE certification, ESOL endorsement, Reading endorsement, and a 5-9 Mathematics certification.
My name is Matthew Velazquez, and I live in Manatee County with my wife, 3 daughters, and 6 cats. After several years working in real estate, I decided to pursue a career in education.I taught Elementary school prior to moving into middle school for the 2016-17 school year. It is my goal to enhance learning for every child during my time with your student the classroom. I find teaching meaningful and rewarding. I enjoy working with students, particularly in math, science, and technology. My other interests include science, technology (especially Android and Google related), working on and driving my race car, and woodworking.