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Matthew Blanchard

Interdisciplinary social studies educator, compassionate leader, dedicated learner & innovator 

Work experience

Aug 2015Present

Teacher & Social Studies Department Chair

Central Catholic High School
  • Collaborate to develop & implement new curriculum and materials for world history, government, and entrepreneurship courses that incorporate art, science, public engagement, volunteerism, and technology, including: virtual & augmented reality, green screen video production, song writing, Google Apps, 360 photography, 3D printing
  • Provide professional development and consulting for technology integration
  • Developed supplemental primary source material sets to supplement language arts curriculum, including: Macbeth, The Night Circus, Animal Farm, and 1984
  • Serve as assistant coach for award-winning Constitution Team
  • Responsible for planning and leading Campus Ministry Team events 
July 2016Aug 2016

Adjunct Professor, Differentiated Learning 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
May 2015Aug 2015

Special Projects and Technology Consultant

Office of the Chief Innovation Officer, Concordia University 
  • Conceived, developed, coordinated, and implemented a variety of innovative educational and pilot projects for the university and community partners, primarily focused on: Restorative Justice, identity & equity, UAVs (drones), augmented reality, competency-based assessment/digital badging and building community relationships
Mar 2010May 2014

Licensed Practical Nurse

Inpatient Pediatrics, 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, 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,  & government travel
  • 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 unit training and 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)
  • 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 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 leadership to develop plans for hospital contingency operations in case of emergency
  • 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 with student teaching in 10th grade AP World History, 12th grade Government, and 8th grade Humanities

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 for academic achievement

Select Volunteer Service & Grant Work

Volunteer Service Highlights

Courts for Kids, Group Leader, 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 personally developed "Voyager Record Project," a history-focused poetry recording and time capsule project for world history course (2017)

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)

Skills & Strengths Highlights

Public speaking, performance, and presentation; leadership and developmental counseling; event & operations planning; research; writing; oral history; creativity; interdisciplinary learning; payroll & scheduling; video & photo editing software; geography software; multimedia learning; gamified learning; kits; UAVs (drones); Sphero robots; community theater & choir; experimental archeology; read/write/speak introductory Spanish & Arabic; government purchase & travel cards