Mathew Yu

What do you do in the Burlington School District?
I teach students English, grades 9, 11, and 12. I’m particularly fond of the class I introduced here, Spotlighting Justice, which focuses around using text and media to explore and understand social justice and the students’ place in the world today. 

How long have you worked for BSD? 
I am about to start my 4th year at BHS. 

How long have you been in the field of education?
In the realm of education, I will be starting my 6th year. 

When did you know you wanted teach?
I knew I wanted to teach when I started to make connections with youth in the Syracuse City School District. Seeing students connect with my similar upbringing was life changing .

Tell us about one success in teaching. What is one proud moment?
One proud moment was when I was able to implement my social justice class at BHS. 

What would your students say they had learned after spending a year in your class?
My students would say that they’ve learned a lot about what it means to be human and how far kindness can go. Often times, (per feedback forms), my students would say they learned a lot about privilege, what it means and how they fit in on the “scale” of privilege. 

What is one thing that people don’t generally know about you?
I listen to literally all genres of music. (Even country…I know). 

What do you do outside of school?
I hang out with my pugs, cook for my fiancee, and play video games.

What other (non-teaching) jobs have you had?
When I was in high school and college, I used to work at Olde Time Photo at Canobie Lake Park. I would dress people up in period costumes, take their pictures, edit them and sell the picture at a ridiculous amusement park price. 

What’s one thing you would like to see happen to make Burlington Schools a better place for students to learn?
More frequent, effective, varied, and mandatory cultural competency workshops/classes. 

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