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Matthew Oswald Ozolnieks
3739 NW 35th Street, Coconut Creek, FL 33066
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Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Jamey
Current professional goal is to obtain a position that allows me to work with instructors in helping them better understand the tools and techniques at their disposal. In the role of Technology Integration Specialist, I look forward to working closely with instructors to find tech solutions that build greater efficiency into their courses.
I am committed to the implementation of 21st century learning tools and techniques in the classroom and reflect this interest in working collaboratively with colleagues in these pursuits. Of particular interest is the potential benefit that mobile technology promises to offer instruction across the spectrum of education.
My classroom experience spans positions in two schools: Central Florida Christian Academy (Ocoee, FL, 1998-2009), and Calvary Christian Academy (Ft. Lauderdale, FL 2009-Present). I also served as adjunct professor at Luther Rice Seminary (Orlando Extension Center, 2000). I am a seventeen-year veteran teacher with experience instructing numerous courses.
These courses include:
U.S. Govt /AP GOPO 1998-2008, 2015-Present
AP Capstone/Seminar 2016-Present
French I 1998-2008, ’09-Present
French II 1999-2009, 2010-Present
French III 2000-Present
Geography 1998-2004, ‘09
World History 1998-2004,2008
American History 1998-2004
Business Math 2005-2008
Life Management 2005-2008
Writing I 2004
Writing II 2004
Logical Thinking SS 2009
Radio Production 2009-2012
Beyond the classroom, I have served as class sponsor six years, staff mentoring coordinator, a Yamaha certified Audio-visual tech for chapel, special programs and sporting events, announcer at school sports events, student trip coordinator (Washington, D.C. 2007, NYC 2008, Paris 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013).
My wife who is a 3rd grade teacher and I are very actve in missions and enjoy sharing our experiences with our students.
I have spent time within the political arena. From 1994-1998 I served as a campaign consultant and campaign manager in numerous races across Florida. Races included local city council seats to Congressional campaigns. In 1996 I managed the State office for a presidential campaign. I also served on the District Staff of Congressman Dave Weldon (R-Melbourne, FL). In this role, I oversaw cases involving the state’s largest veteran’s community and numerous other areas of constituent services. I also served as the State Legislative Director for a large social issues group. In this capacity, I designed and implemented the state strategic plan in coordination with legislators, staff and other organizations. Legislative victories included the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1997, the Choose Life license plate (1998), and the Woman’s Right to Know Act of 1998 among others.
Education and Training
I am a doctoral candidate (Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction) expecting to defend my dissertation in 2018. I hold a M. Ed in Educational Technology and Online Learning (Liberty University, 2012), a Bachelor’s degree in Communications Management (Liberty, 1990) and a Bachelor’s in Religion (Liberty, 2010). I completed Armor Officer Basic Course (Ft. Knox, KY, 1991) in which organizational behavior and group motivational skills were enhanced. I currently hold a lifetime teacher certification with ACSI.
- Member of CAEP (Program reviewer)
- Member in ISTE.
- Member in the American Council for Teachers of Foreign Language (ACTFL)
- Member in the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF)
On a personal note, I am a husband of one woman (Jamey) for over 21 years.
3739 NW 35th Street
Coconut Creek, FL 33066
To obtain a position as a teacher / Educational Tecnhnologist in a forward-thinking secondary education institution.
My entire professional life has centered on people. My goals have been to be dispassionate, review the situation, pose good questions and resolve the conflict to the best of my ability. From working with veterans in the largest veterans district in Florida, to lobbying legislators and state leaders concerning legislative proposals, to guiding students and parents through the educational process, my professional life has focused on pouring myself into the lives of others to help them achieve their goals.
- 1986-1990 B.S. Communications/Management, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
- 2008-2010 B.S. Religion, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
- 2010-2012 M.Ed Educational Technology and Online Learning, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
- 2012-Present Ed.S. Educational Leadership
- 2012-Present Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction
2009-Present Teacher, Calvary Christian Academy, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Instructed Middle and High school students in French (Levels 1-3) Geography, Radio Production among other courses. Coordinated communication with parents, students
Online Component Integration (2009-present) Researched, reviewed and reported findings to administration concerning available online course providers.
National Honor Society Sponsor (2010-present)
1998-2009 Teacher, Central Florida Christian Academy, Orlando, FL
Instructed Middle and High school students in French (1-3), Bible, Government, Economics, World History, American History, Business math, Speech, Writing (1,2), Leadership courses and others. Coordinated communication with parents, students and school administration regarding academic progress helping to empower parents in their child’s educational development. Planned, organized and led tours for students to Washington, D.C., New York City, and Paris, France.
Mentoring Coordinator (2003-2004) Selected mentors and matched them by skill set with new instructors to train them regarding policies and procedures at C.F.C.A. Evaluated and critiqued both mentors and protégées during the year.
Audio/Video Technician (1998-Present) Audio board operation for chapel, sports events and other programs and special events on campus. Announced for Eagle sports.
1996-1998 State Legislative Director, Florida Right to Life, Orlando, FL
Developed and executed legislative strategies for the organization. Developed favorable relationships between FRTL and members of the Legislature, press, and other lobbying groups state-wide. Coordinated actions with National Right to Life (Washington, D.C.) and reported results and action items to the state board and FRTL membership. Successes included numerous bills passed and the passage of a gubernatorial veto override.
1995-1996 Caseworker, Congressman Dave Weldon, Melbourne, FL
Veterans Affairs Liaison – Oversaw all Department of Defense and veterans affairs casework. Other areas of responsibility included: Child Support Enforcement, FEMA, FBI, CIA, Medicare, Department of Labor, Office of Personnel Management. Conducted coordination between the Congressman’s Service Academy Advisory Board the various service academies. Built rapport between various agencies and the congressional office. Planned and executed instruction of caseworkers on various aspects of constituent affairs.
PERSONAL Married to Jamey Ozolnieks for 18 years.
Active member of Calvary Chapel, Ft. Lauderdale
Occasional downhill skier. (East and West Coast)
Enjoy infrequent visits to cultural centers in France.
Former Officer in the United States Army Armor Corps (1LT)
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