Hi, I'm
Matt Hamilton.

Teacher, Instructional Coach, Educational Technologist, Lover of Learning Spaces, Change Agent, All-Around Good Guy
Twitter - @_MattHamilton_
Instagram - @InstructionalCoach

This I Believe

I believe that everybody wants to learn and loves to learn. I believe that we all do it differently and truly excel when we find our passions. I believe that my role as an educator and instructional coach is to help you achieve at your highest level and to do great and innovative things along the way. Let's shake up the way we teach & learn!

Education

NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY M.S.ED., 2006
Special Education Learning Behavioral Specialist I
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS @ URBANA-CHAMPAIGN B.A., 1996
Communications/Public Relations

Currently

INSTRUCTIONAL COACH, PROSPECT HIGH SCHOOL 2014-Present

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive staff development program, including new staff induction, mentoring, coaching, and professional learning groups
  • Provide building and district-wide leadership to assure effective team-based problem solving for instructional improvement
  • Act as a liaison between classroom teachers and building and district leadership teams for technology, curriculum, and instructional support
  • Facilitate cross-district collaboration opportunities to share learning, resources, and successes
  • Assist with development of online curricular resources within all curricular areas
  • Promote and support the implementation of instructional best practices in the school, district, and community
  • Provide leadership and assistance in reviewing, selecting, and implementing instructional materials appropriate for integration throughout the curriculum
  • Promote building and district successes through various professional platforms
  • Facilitate school participation in special activities; e.g., showcases, awards, contests, and grants
  • Provide ongoing staff development, training and instructional assistance for staff
  • Develop opportunities for job-embedded professional development for licensed staff
  • Provide leadership to staff members seeking to further their knowledge of best practices through Internal University or other professional learning opportunities
  • Assist teachers in evaluating the effectiveness of 'best practice' models and their impact on student learning
  • Build strong relationships with teachers, administrators, and team members
  • Prepare materials for and conduct coaching sessions with licensed staff
  • Provide encouragement and emotional support to teachers by building trusting and confidential relationships
  • Remain current in instructional trends and strategies

Previously

SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER, GLENBROOK SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL 2009-2013

  • Provided individual and whole-group instruction in Math and Reading for students in grades 9-12
  • Made educational decisions as part of an IEP team to meet students’ transitional goals and needs
  • Developed IEPs containing clear, measurable goals using eSPED that were state compliant and relevant to students’ individual needs
  • Participated in a one-to-one digital learning pilot using Google Chromebooks and Google Nexus 7 tablets to increase student engagement and learning
  • Collaborated with general education teachers to develop common progress monitoring assessments and curriculum
  • Taught students to advocate for themselves as they move toward academic, social, and transitional goals

SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER, LAKE ZURICH HIGH SCHOOL 2007-2009

  • Met with PLCs and adapted curriculum materials for students enrolled in freshman and sophomore English
  • Developed common final assessments with general education colleagues
  • Organized and communicated class targets, objectives and requirements for successful achievement
  • Consulted with general education teachers on modifications and accommodations to instruction and materials ensuring the needs of students were being met

COMPUTER TECHNICIAN, HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 214 2002-2007

  • Installed, repaired, updated, and maintained hardware and software of district technology systems and equipment
  • Developed and implemented preventive maintenance plans
  • Kept peers informed on the status of job assignments as well as potential trouble spots in the operation of district equipment
  • Worked with district technology teams in the implementation of building and district wide technology initiatives including mentoring and training of staff in the area of technical installation, repair, and maintenance
  • Participated in district sponsored training programs to update knowledge, skills, certifications, and licenses

Skills, Honors, & Awards

  • Jim Knight Instructional Coaching certification
  • 2018 Outstanding Contribution to Education award - High School District 214
  • Illinois Type 10 Teaching Certificate
  • Highly Qualified in Reading & Language Arts, General Math, Speech, Title I Remedial Reading, Journalism
  • Google Educator
  • Apple Teacher
  • Web Mastery Development Program through Mac University
  • Ability to work cooperatively with colleagues and administration
  • Plan and lead professional learning opportunities for building and district staff
  • Resourceful and energetic
  • Excel in oral presentations, strategic thinking and leadership situations
  • Excellence with computer systems and software as well as trends in instructional and non-instructional technology
  • Competence in identifying and assessing staff and student needs

Get in touch

You could send me a message using this form, but isn't it easier to just send a regular email? Yeah, so do I. Use the address over there. ↙