Holston’s Matlock Wins Deserved Recognition

Social Studies Teacher Julie Matlock was recently selected as the 2017-18 Secondary Teacher of the Year for Washington County.  The recognition was well deserved as she has worked tirelessly to serve the needs of her students.  Julie came to the teaching profession after trying her hand as a paralegal.  She began at HHS in the spring of 2014 as a long-term substitute and SOL tutor.  Her dedication was immediately evident and she was chosen as a full-time teacher for the 2014-15 school year.

Julie’s teaching practices embody the county’s dictum that “Failure is not an option.”  She makes frequent contact with the parents of students who are struggling or have fallen behind.  She remains in her classroom up to three evenings a week offering tutoring and make-up opportunities.  She often tutors during her lunch and planning period as well.  She keeps a positive attitude and conducts student centered classes.  Typically, her classes begin with a recap of the previous day’s lesson.  She then uses visual media to help introduce the current topic.  Finally, she has students participate in a practical exercise that helps them understand the lesson’s concept. 

Julie received her BA in History from UVA Wise.  She moved on to Eastern Kentucky University to earn her Masters in History.  She entered teaching through the “Career Switcher” program.  Her husband Jason serves as a principal in the Bristol, Virginia Public Schools.  They are the parents of two sons, ages 5 and 2.

Holston’s faculty and staff congratulate Julie on her award and appreciate her dedication to the students.

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