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Matthew Blanchard

educator, leader, learner, & innovator

Work experience

Aug 2015Present

Teacher & Social Studies Department Chair

Central Catholic High School
  • Represent the Social Studies Department on the on Academic Council, identifying and addressing needs of staff and administration as part of a collaborative team 
  • Collaborate to develop & implement new curriculum and materials for world history, government, and entrepreneurship courses that incorporate art, science, public engagement, and technology, including: virtual & augmented reality, green screen video production, poetry & song writing, Google Apps, 360 photography, & 3D printing
  • Provide individualized instruction for a diverse student population with varying skills while monitoring progress and providing feedback
  • Serve as assistant coach for award-winning Constitution Team
  • Responsible for planning and leading Campus Ministry Team events as a team member
July 2016Aug 2016

Adjunct Professor, Differentiated Learning Summer Course

Concordia University
  • Taught graduate students principles and practices of differentiated instruction and teaching for equity through individualized, project-based course
  • Co-coordinated educator event with interdisciplinary speaker panels and discipline-focused discussion groups
Mar 2010May 2014

Licensed Practical Nurse

Inpatient Pediatrics, Maternal Child Section Madigan Hospital, Tacoma, WA
  • Worked closely with families and interdisciplinary care team to provide tailored, holistic care  to a diverse population of  children ages three days to 21 years 
  • Earned additional certifications including: PALS, NRP, and BLS instructor; trained incoming staff and student nurses; conceived and implemented two process improvement plans
Feb 2008Aug 2009

Clinical Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge

Inpatient Pediatrics, Maternal Child Section, Madigan Hospital, Tacoma
  • Served as part of a two-person management team supervising and administering day-to-day operations for a 30-person staff, managing programs, including: payroll, scheduling & hiring, supply & logistics, safety, hazardous waste, professional development, government travel, and process improvement while ensuring compliance with hospital policies, Army regulations, and best practices 
  • Developed and directed interdepartmental training programs, planning, conducting, and facilitating education in leadership and a range of clinical and non-clinical skills
  • Revitalized and managed department training and organizational physical fitness programs
  • Led team to quarterly Joint Commission Accreditation Readiness award twice
Oct 2004Feb 2008

Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge, LPN & Medic

Intensive Care Unit, 250th Forward Surgical Team (Airborne)
  • Served as a member of a rapidly deployable, 20-person medical team 
  • Responsible for day-to-day operations, supervision, and staff developmental counseling as NCOIC for ICU/PACU/Med-Surg Wards and Trauma Unit Shift Leader
  • Conceived, planned, and coordinated three major multidisciplinary operations, other units and international partners, developed training schedules, and coordinated mandatory & supplementary training as NCOIC for training & operations
  • Provided interdisciplinary care for intensive care, post-anesthesia, trauma, and medical-surgical patients in hospital and austere environments   
  • Cooperatively developed training including advanced trauma curriculum lay persons and an international military medical competition program and volunteered off-time to train combat lifesavers while deployed
  • Collaborated with senior leaders to develop plans for hospital contingency operations 
  • Maintained 100% accountability of over $1 million equipment as NCOIC for supply & logistics during overseas deployment


May 2014Apr 2015

Master of Arts in Teaching

Concordia University--Portland, OR

Emphasis in secondary education & social studies endorsement

Mar 2010Dec 2012

Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics

University of Washington--Tacoma, WA

Concentration tracks in Politics & Philosophy and Law & Policy and included on the Dean's List 

Select Volunteer Service & Grant Work

Volunteer Service Highlights

Group Leader, Courts for Kids, Dominican Republic (2016)

Aerial videography class, Caldera Arts (2015)

Collaborator and Workshop Trainer, Beyond the Oregon Trail, Resolutions NW (2015)

Karama Palestine: Youth Activities and Substitute teacher at UN Boys School, Dehieshe Refugee Camp, West Bank, Palestinian Territories (2009)

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Onsite and Offsite Volunteer (1997-1999)

Grant Work Highlights

Central Catholic Parent's Association Grant for co-developed & updated "Visions of the Future: a Social Science Fiction Unit" with published novels & mixed-media virtual reality experiences and newly (2016)

Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Grant: Co-Developed, awarded, and administered a co-curricular "Social Science Fiction" unit focused on blending history, literature, and traditional & digital storytelling using virtual reality (2015)

National Council for the Social Studies Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Grant: "Voices of Vanport" an oral history, arts, & augmented reality unit for 8th graders---presented at National Council for the Social Studies, Oregon Council for the Social Studies, and Geospatial Information & Technology Association Conferences (2015)