Matt Yazzetta

Matt Yazzetta

LFP Lead Teacher

matthew.yazzetta@larchmontcharter.org

When asked to share my story, I feel it is appropriate to begin not with the history of my origins but rather in revealing my favorite question. And my favorite question is this: What is your destination?

In the pursuit of my destination—and that destination is always changing, it seems—I have spent much of my time between two cities in Southern California. The first is Glendale, the place of my birth and center of the majority of my education to date (inside and outside of schools). I credit my time in Glendale with successfully igniting a love for self-expression. The second city is Northridge, the place where I received my B.A. and then my teaching credential.

Beyond reading, writing and telling stories, my passions include bicycling, hiking, astronomy, music, making sense of urban environments and confronting the inexplicable. I would like to learn more about botany and geology. I intend to use the intellectual abilities that I possess to precipitate positive social change, specifically in promoting empathy, tolerance and vision.

Where did you go to school and what was your major?
California State University, Northridge
English Subject Matter (B.A.)

What is your highest degree held?
Bachelor of Arts in English Subject Matter

Why did you want to be a teacher/work in education?
To assist the nation’s youth in becoming progressive thinkers who pursue self-discovery, challenge the status quo and promote the advancement of youth culture.

How long have you been teaching/working in education?
The 2016-17 school year marks my first formal year as an educator.

What is your favorite thing about LCS?
The dedication to creating a community of learners.

What was your favorite book when you were the age of your students?
Joseph Heller’s Catch-22. This was the novel that forever changed what I thought literature could do.