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Matt Zigler

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Matt Zigler
Matt Zigler

How long have you been at Bullis?

Since 2017

What role or roles do you play at Bullis? If you are teaching faculty, what do you teach? 

BITlab Coordinator

What made you decide to work in an educational setting? 

I decided I wanted to be an art teacher when I was in the sixth grade. I loved the creative side of art, the ability to make your own things and see the things that other people made. This is what I love about working in the Makerspace, not only the ability to make my own things, but seeing the creativity of students and teachers gets me excited.

What is your favorite thing about working at Bullis?

Students and teachers at Bullis are open to trying new things. Although it is a traditional school in many ways, there isn't one way to do things. Teachers and students are excited to try the things they have done before in new ways to see if they might be better.

When not at Bullis, what interests do you pursue?

I love to read and walk in the woods. Although I don't do as much, I still work on my own artwork which often portrays animals and nature. I play a lot of board games and card games with my six year old son.

Matt Zigler

What global challenge would you like to see tackled and how do you see yourself contributing to the positive change that you desire?

I believe that income inequality is one of the central issues in the world today. It contributes to every other problem when a great number of people are in survival mode just to get by while others take advantage of systems to accumulate more. The maker movement is closely connected with the open source movement, which shares ideas, resources, designs and code for mutual benefit. During the early days of the pandemic and PPE shortages, makers with 3D printers and designers shared designs and print time to make millions of face shields to donate to front line medical workers, many of whom could not afford to pay the inflated rates for the small amount of supply available. I worked in the BITlab with our 3D printers to create and donate over 500 face shield parts to donate.

What is one fun fact about you that others may not know or may surprise them?

I grew up on a farm in Frederick County. We raised Angus beef cows and I helped a cow give birth to a calf.

Why would you tell a prospective family to choose Bullis?

Come to Bullis because we have amazing resources, amazing teachers who really care about students, and a great student community that values diverse experiences and backgrounds.

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