My teaching philosophy is that motivation appears when a student has a dream to pursue and believes that the subject material he or she is learning is relevant to that pursuit.
Methodologically, I am a moderate Constructivist (allowing students to find the correct method on their own with appropriate guidance) who is willing to use direct instruction when appropriate. I strongly believe that respect is a two-way street, and that enthusiasm is contagious.
Hello! I am a high school Algebra and Statistics teacher in Pennsylvania with 15 years' experience and degrees in Industrial Engineering and Mathematics Education. I love working with students one-on-one! I have taught grade levels 9-12 at all levels of instruction, ranging from honors classes to individual
instruction of students with various learning disabilities.
My Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment System (PVAAS) score is 3.0 (highest possible) for three years running, 2017-2019, which is indicative of significant evidence that my students exceed state standards for academic growth.
I have also been rated as a Distinguished Educator (best possible) by the district principal every year for over a decade, 2008-2019. (Copies of my state and local performance evaluations are available upon
MATTHEW J. KILGORE
WILSON COLLEGE – Chambersburg, PA May 2018
Master of Education
MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY – Millersville, PA May 2005
Certificate in Secondary Mathematics Education
Department Honors in Mathematics
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY – New York, NY May 2002
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering
Major GPA: 3.91, Cumulative GPA: 3.63
VICTORIAN INSTITUTE OF TEACHING – Provisional Registration
PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION– Instructional II (Permanent)
Certification in Secondary Mathematics
HALIFAX AREA HIGH SCHOOL – Halifax, PA 2005-Present
- Taught Statistics, Algebra, Geometry and Basic Mathematics. Tutored students in
Trigonometry, Calculus, and SAT (college entrance exam) Preparation.
- Taught grade levels 9-12 at all levels of instruction, ranging from honors classes to individual
instruction of learning-disabled students. Extensive experience with academically and
emotionally challenged students.
- Proposed, designed and wrote the curriculum for the first course in Statistics ever offered at
- Proctored the after-school study and tutoring program known as Recommended Study Time
- Experience as an Extra Learning Opportunity (ELO) Instructor. The ELO program is designed
to teach struggling students proper study skills and organizational habits along with instruction in
deficient subject areas.
- Approved Homebound Instructor.
- Served as adviser to the following student activities: Chess Club (former), SAT/Math Tutoring
Club (former), Video Game Club, and Fantasy Sports Club.
WILKES UNIVERSITY – Online course 2008-09
Classrooms for the Future (CFF)
Coursework focused on updating the general secondary-school curriculum to integrate 21st
-century skills, especially the critical thinking abilities and technological literacy increasingly
required for employment in all fields. In addition, a seminar day was held where experienced
CFF teachers demonstrated effective techniques to those new to the program.
TESA – TEACHER EXPECTATIONS AND STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT Fall 2007
TESA is a peer-monitored training program to assess and improve equity in teacher-student
interactions. The program consisted of around 30 classroom observations by fellow educators
and six bi-weekly discussion meetings. Participants supported each other in achieving equitable
distribution of four key traits: Latency (allowing all students equal time to answer questions),
Questioning, Individual Help and Higher-Level Questioning.
UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT HUNTSVILLE Summer 2007
Space Orientation for Educators
Intensive series of seminars and activities designed to assist educators in the integration of
aerospace and space-exploration themes in the classroom. Topics included the mathematics and
physics of astronomical objects and space travel as well as the mathematical basis of experiments
undertaken aboard the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. There were also
discussions among educators as to how to make these concepts understandable to the typical
High School student.
Programming Languages: Java, HTML, Pascal, BASIC, SQL
Applications: Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, etc.), Microsoft Access
(Database software), EasyGrade Pro, PowerGrade, PowerSchool, Geogebra, Geometer’s
Sketchpad, Mathematica, STATA (statistics package), ActivStudio Pro (Smartboard software)
Operating Systems: Windows versions 95/XP/10, MacOS 10, iOS, some UNIX
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