Matthew Wolfert is an Elementary Education major (PreK- 8th grade) with minors in English as a Second Language (ESL) and Music major. Matt is teaching in Milwaukee, WI at the end of January with the UW System’s Institute of Urban Education (IUE)
Happy finals week to everyone at the UWO campus! Although I am attending the graduation ceremony on Saturday, I still will be continuing student teaching through the second week of June. Although I will not finish the semester with others who are finishing up this week on campus, I am enjoying my time at a new school placement, Escuela Vieau School.
At Escuela Vieau School, I am the ESL student teacher for 2nd, 4th, and 8th grade students. Escuela Vieau School is a developmental bilingual school in Milwaukee Public Schools and is located in the up-and-coming Walker’s Point neighborhood. The students are fun and energetic, and there are many opportunities for families to become involved in their children’s education.
As an ESL teacher, I had to make the transition from teaching content to teaching language. At first, this took extra planning time on my behalf; however, I am now getting the hang of it. I am enjoying learning about my students’ cultures and backgrounds. Also, due to me not being a Spanish speaker, I am enjoying the free Spanish lessons students enjoy teaching me during recess duty!
Recently, I helped the parent committee prepare for a Mother’s Day program that was held at Vieau School the Friday before Mother’s Day weekend. Various classes (4K-8th grade) performed dances, songs, and poetry for parents who attended. The free event also provided a meal for the guests. In the end, the Mother’s Day program was phenomenal! Over 500 people attended the program and enjoyed watching the student have a blast performing their acts on stage.
In the next upcoming weeks, I will be continuing to focus on teaching ESL at Escuela Vieau School. Additionally, I will begin preparing for my journey after college. In July, I am leaving to begin a 27-month volunteer commitment with the Peace Corps in South Africa. I will be taking what I have learned from my studies and experiences at UW-Oshkosh and student teaching to help others around the world. I am very happy where I am today, and I am very excited to see where my journey will continue to take me.