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"The teachers at ESD have transformed my life. In doing that, I have grown and touched the moon!"
- A member of the Class of 2018

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Matt Figlestahler: Upper School English Teacher


What motivated and inspired you to teach? I ran into a former teacher during my senior year of college at North Texas. He asked me, "When do you start teaching?" A simple question on the surface, however, I hadn't planned on being a teacher. It made me think, "This person saw this in me even before I did." From that point on I have been dedicated to being the best English Teacher and Coach, I could possibly be.

What makes you excited to come to school every day? I am excited about the positive culture that has been built here. I want to help further the wonderfully positive environment here. Additionally, I love to help impact students lives, academically and personally.

Beyond your subject-area, what life lesson do you want your students to learn in your classroom? As an English Teacher I always want students to be well-written and well-read. However, I MOST want students to be critical and analytical thinkers.

What are some hobbies you have outside of school? My outside of school hobbies include: running, soccer, baseball, golf, church, and family! (not all in that order!)

What is your favorite book and why? My favorite book is Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger. It encapsulates the essence of what it is to question life and question the rules. All of this from the perspective of a teenage boy.

If you could have dinner with three people, alive or not, who would they be? I would love to have dinner with (in no particular order) the 14th Dalai Lama, Holden Caulfield, and Bill Murray.

Posted by in Upper School on Tuesday October, 24, 2017 at 01:53PM

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