Junior and Intermediate Teacher
About:Matt Berghuis is a Teacher Candidate at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. He grew up in Truro, Nova Scotia and moved to Toronto in 2015.
Matt’s experience in working with youth started as a coach with Special Olympics swimming in his hometown. He stayed involved for ten years, helping athletes build skills and compete in regional meets. During his undergrad at Mount Allison University, Matt spent summers working for the Tim Hortons Children’s foundation camps in Quebec and later in Kentucky. Here he led campers through challenges like rock climbing and overnight canoe trips, and became talented at leading groups and working with young people.
As well as volunteering locally, Matt has given his efforts to international causes. In 2009 he went to Benin, West Africa with Canada World Youth, working for a NGO specializing and issuing micro-loans to women in rural communities. During his undergraduate studies, he also went to Honduras to help build water infrastructure and deliver educational outreach to local school children. After seeing him hold classes’ interest and engaging students despite a language barrier between Spanish and English, Matt’s friends encouraged him to apply to teaching after finishing his undergraduate degree. This experience influenced his decision to apply to OISE in 2015.
Matt is passionate about visual art and graphic design, holding certificates in Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art in Design and in Graphic Design from Humber College. He hopes to use these skills to integrate web design, coding, and art into his teaching, helping students build 21st century competencies.
When he’s not in class at OISE, Matt enjoys swimming and plays water polo at U of T. He also volunteers at Jarvis Collegiate Institute as a classroom assistant in music.
Matt’s teaching philosophy is that any student (or person anywhere) can achieve their goals with passion, perseverance and sticking to it over time (with grit!), and that we’re all lifelong learners. As part of the Prep Academy team, he hopes to use his skills and hard work to help all of his students achieve their goals.