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Matt Zimmer

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Matt Zimmer
Matt Zimmer

How long have you been at Bullis?

Since 2008

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

I teach math mostly. I have taught almost every class we offer. In my time here, I have also run the new faculty mentoring program, been senior class coordinator, National Honor Society (NHS) advisor and Math Department Chair.

What made you decide to work in an educational setting? 

I graduated from college with a double major in Sociology and Math. I really enjoyed studying sociology and how structure and rules impact the behavior of group members. No one gives recent graduates a sociology lab but teaching seemed similar. I thought I would try it, and I loved it. I have a great time teaching.

What is your favorite thing about working at Bullis?

My students and colleagues. I love spending time with teenagers watching and helping them mature. I truly enjoy it. And my colleagues are great. The math department in particular, but I have never been at a school where so many people really, really like what they do.

When not at Bullis, what interests do you pursue?

Well, as I say most Mondays, I spend my weekends working and driving my kids places. While the second has decreased dramatically since the reduction in sports and activities, the driving has been limited. Other than that I go for walks with my wife, read, watch soccer, and do some cooking and baking.

Who is someone that inspires you and how?

One of my great teaching inspirations is a former math department chair at another school. Joan Reinthaler was so good about asking me questions that helped me realize for myself ways of growing and improving. She gave me space to try new ideas, and asked me to evaluate whether what I was doing was getting me closer to my teaching goals. I am also inspired by a lot of my current colleagues who work so hard and try so many ways to help students.

What is the best book or production that you have read, watched, or listened to lately? 

I have really read some good books in the last year, though my reading has slowed dramatically this fall. The English Patient is just a beautiful story with some absolutely lovely language. It amazes me how creative and powerful authors can be. I really enjoyed How to be an AntiRacist. That book really made me think, but was also structured as a well researched autobiography so I found it informative and historical as well. I also read The Biggest Bluff which is another mix of a book between researching/becoming a professional poker player and while reflecting on life in general.

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

My wife and I met while playing rugby.

Why would you tell a prospective family to choose Bullis?

Caring. Challenging. Community. We like kids, we love teaching, we enjoy learning, and we believe in growth.

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