Meet your teacher: Matt Pribbeno

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Grade/subject at what school: Physical education, Maple Glen Elementary.

Number of years teaching: Six.

Education:

North Central High School.

St. Joseph’s College.

Why did you become a teacher? “My mom had an in-home daycare while I was growing up, and that had a big influence on me. I was helping her take care of the kids, and it helped me know early on I wanted to be a teacher. I also had a second grade teacher, Mrs. Lopez,  who was very caring and nurturing. She read the story ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ to me and we did a staring contest. That still is one of my favorite books.”

What goals do you have for your students? “I would like for my students to be physically active for the rest of their lives. I believe physical education is not about how much you can run and exercise but being physically active forever.”

What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? “Get active with your kids. They really like playing but would enjoy it so much more if you are able to get outside and play with them. Make time to do fun activities that get everyone up and moving.”

Name your favorite movie. “‘Hocus Pocus.’”

Name your favorite musician or band. “I listen to any and all music. Thomas Rhett is my favorite artist.”

What’s something your students might not know about you? “I was born in Imperial, Neb., which is a town of only 1,200 people. I moved to Indiana when I was 12 years old.”