Matthew L. Durant


8 Enfield Street #1  |  Jamaica Plain, MA 02130  |  (617) 522-7278 mdurant16@iwebquest.com

 

Education:

University of Vermont; Burlington, VT
Bachelor of Science
Major: Elementary Education
Concentration: Behavioral Science
Date of Graduation: May 1993

Framingham State College; Framingham, MA
Masters of Education
Major: Technology Integration Specialist
Graduation Date: July 2001


 

Professional
Development:

Heath School- Brookline, MA        Technology Integration Specialist
  • Lead the Technology and Curriculum Integration Program as a Technology Specialist.
  • Taught seventh and eighth grade computer classes.
  • Instructed workshops and seminars  in our district and across Massachusetts to train teachers how to integrate technology into their curriculum.
  • Team-taught, planned, and assessed curriculum development and technology integration.
  • Taught Web Page Development and Video Production workshops.
  • Wrote and received grants to obtain training, software, and hardware for our students and teachers.
    (August 2000 - Present)

Chelmsford Public Charter School- Chelmsford, MA          Full-time Teacher

  • Taught a fifth and sixth combined class in a project-based school.
  • Developed online project-based units that relied heavily on current theories of constructivism. 
  • Implemented units that promoted collaborative group work, exploratory hands-on learning, and process writing.
  • Integrated Technological resources including Internet, digital cameras, scanners, and presentation systems.
  • Lead the development and implementation of a rigorous portfolio system that was used to authentically assess students' work.
  • Initiated frequent and open correspondence with parents using parent conferences, weekly newsletter, frequent feedback forms, homework hotline, and after-school help.
  • Instructed workshops and seminars for teachers across Massachusetts to instruct teachers how to integrate technology into their curriculum.  
    (July 1999- July 2000)


Brown Elementary School
-
Natick, MA          Full-time Teacher

  • Taught a fourth grade class.
  • Designed project-based lessons for cooperative groups that used exploratory hands-on activities, manipulatives, and process writing. 
  • Assessed students' work authentically using a portfolio system.  
  • Promoted positive relations with parents through a volunteer program and parent conferences.
  • Directed and advised a full-time student teacher.
  • Developed and utilized Internet based lessons and units.
    (August 1996- June 1999)

 

Palm City Elementary School- Palm City, FL          Full-time Teacher

  • Taught a fourth grade class of 32 students.   
  • Instructed student centered, highly interactive, hands-on lessons.
  • Assessed students' writing, math, and science using a portfolio system.
  • Chaired the Language Arts Improvement Committee.
    (August 1994- June 1996)

 

Barre Town Elementary School- Barre, VT          Full-time Teacher  

  • Taught a fourth grade in an "Open" Classroom environment.  

  • Planned and taught lessons that utilized cooperative hands-on activities.

  • Evaluated students' growth and development using the Vermont Portfolio System.
    (August 1993- June 1994)

 

Williston Elementary School- Williston, VT          Independent Study

  • Team-taught in a combined fourth, fifth, and sixth grade prototype classroom.

  • Administered interdisciplinary students units to create excitement and connections.

  • Assessed students' work using the Vermont Portfolio System.
    (January 1993- May 1993)

 

C.P. Smith Elementary School-Burlington, VT           Student Teacher

  • Taught a third grade class.

  • Developed and implemented lessons and interdisciplinary studies.
    (September 1992- December 1992)

 

Founders Memorial School- Essex, VT          Student Intern

  • Taught in a fourth grade classroom.

  • Assessed and evaluated writing, math, and science portfolios.

  • Planned and taught reading and writing lessons and discussions.
    (January 1992- May 1992)

 

H.O. Wheeler Elementary School- Burlington, VT          Student Intern

  • Taught in a second grade classroom.
  • Assessed and evaluated writing and math portfolios.
  • Designed and implemented reading, writing, and math lessons.
    (September 1991- December 1991)

 

Presentation 
Experience
:

Project MEETKey Speaker and Work Shop Presentations
Massachusetts Department of Education Lighthouse Grants- Webquest Presentations
MassCue- Webquest Presentations
The Education Collaborative (TEC)- Webquest Workshops
EDCO Collaborative- - Webquest Graduate Course

 

Related
Employment:

Webquest Specialist- WGBH Public Television (Project MEET), Boston, MA.
Youth Sports Director- YMCA of Martin County; Stuart, FL.
Sports Director- Live Y'ers (YMCA;) South Burlington, VT.
Senior Camp Counselor- Camp Greylock (YMCA); Ferisburg, VT. 
Ski Jumping Coach- Lake Placid Ski Club; Lake Placid, NY.

 

Activities
and Honors:

Consultant- Developed Webquests and taught educators how to use them in the classroom.
Co-Chaired the Natick Public Schools Ancient History Curriculum Development Committee.
Chairman of the Palm City Language Arts Improvement Committee.
Palm City Elementary Teacher of the Year Nominee.
Peace Corps "World Wise Schools" Teacher.
Barre Town Language Arts Curriculum Development Team.
UVM Dean's List
Ski Jumping- Eastern Elite and Junior Olympic Team. 

 

Contact:

To obtain written references please contact me, Matthew Durant, at 617-308-9077.