Mario Maturi has been working for Southbridge Public Schools for a year. He teaches fifth grade at West Street Elementary School. Mario has graduated from Quinsigamond Community College and Anna Maria College. Before he arrived to work in Southbridge Public Schools, he was a student teacher in a fourth-grade classroom in Shrewsbury.
“I feel great about working in Southbridge Public Schools. I feel lucky to have been given the chance to make a difference in these students' lives, which is my mission every day. I also love everyone that I work with, and have had the chance to meet and learn from this year. I have personally seen the dedication my colleagues are putting forth for their students," Maturi remarks.
Maturi reflected on the honor of being recognized as a Southbridge Public Schools Distinguished Early Career Educator, especially following a challenging year teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“To be recognized as a Distinguished Early Career Educator means everything, especially this year. It shows that working hard and always giving your all pays off in the end. This year was long, different, and full of unexpected surprises, but this did not deter me. There have been good days and great days, but there were days where I didn’t know what to do next. This didn’t keep me from trying every tool in my toolbox to make this school year the best I could for my students. While it is an honor to receive this recognition, my students are the real champions this year,” Maturi says.
Maturi says that his favorite quote comes from Bill Belichick: "Do your job."
"I have written this quote on my quote board a few times this year for my students because I am a strong believer that if you do what is expected of you then everything else will fall into place. I think of my classroom like a machine and when all the parts are doing their job learning just happens," he says.
Maturi also reflects on the quality of mentorship he has received as a new teacher:
"I would like to give a shout-out to everyone at West Street and specifically Cindy Payne. She has been such a wonderful mentor and has taught me so much. I would not have been able to get to where I am today without the help from her," he says.