What does your average day look like? This semester (Spring of 2018) has been a bit different for me since I’m teaching a class. So on A days, I start at Skyline and teach the PTECH students about computer hardware. On B days, I like to start at the office and work on whichever tickets have the highest priority. I spend the morning taking care of these or addressing emails before I head out on site. I’m assigned the Lyons Feeder which consists of Lyons MS, Lyons ES, Hygiene ES, Main Street School, the Career Development Center and the Innovation Center. I like to assign one day a week to each site so everyone who has requested help gets some sort of visit throughout the week. From there I spend time closing tickets and fixing the odd request to make sure everything is running up to par..
What are your favorite things about working for St. Vrain? I love the relaxed atmosphere at St Vrain. Everyone is professional but they treat you as a human, not a commodity. It feels rare to be able to walk down the hall and have a casual conversation with your manager, director or chief officer about your/their weekend and have it be a perfectly natural occurrence. No forced laughter, no awkward interaction, just old fashioned human on human communication. Same goes for my sites, I walk in and the front desk person knows my name, asks how my kids are doing, etc. It seems like such a simple benevolent concept but at the same time something that seems a little surreal in this day and age.
What are your interests or activities outside of St. Vrain? I’m a proud papa of a 1 and 2 year old, but with that comes little time for other activities. This past winter has been challenging, my daughter is at an age where she wants to go outside but doesn’t understand that the park isn’t a good place to go when it’s 25 degrees out. I’m hopeful that with the warming weather and my kids finally at an age to do activities that I can get back to enjoying the outdoors and sharing that experience with them. This June will beour first camping trip up to South Dakota, so we’ll see how that turns out.
Interesting Facts about Mataa’s Family:
- One of his grandmothers invented the Hawaiian hula show
- A great aunt was married to Adam West, and
- A first cousin once removed was married to Don Ho.