Mr. Matthew Dawson
Science Teacher, 2001-present, Brockton High School, Brockton, MA

Degrees:
Master of Science, Geology, 2001, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA
Bachelor of Science, Geology, 1999, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA
Diploma, 1995, Downingtown Sr. High School, Downingtown, PA

Interests (academic):
I consider myself very lucky to teach the subjects I enjoy the most: astronomy, earth science, and the environment. When I can get out of the city and into an area with nice, dark skies, I enjoy stargazing and watching the occasional meteor shower. I've also spent 3 summers working with professional astronomers at the National Solar Observatory (NSO) and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). As a university student, I spent lots of time in the field and the laboratory studying geology, and I wrote my Master's thesis in the subject of plate tectonics. Environmental science is a more recent interest, as I've observed the changing of our climate and the instability in our supply of natural resources, particularly energy. I'm very interested in "green" energy technologies, such as solar and wind power.

Interests (personal):
When I'm not busy with school and science, I enjoy spending time with my wife, family, and friends. I like cooking, and I love eating, especially Mexican and Southwestern food. Whenever we can, my wife and I like to travel and visit friends in far-off places. In the last few years, we've been to Hawaii, Iceland, Denmark, Germany, Canada, and throughout the southwestern United States. We like experiencing the culture and food in different places, but most of all, we just enjoy being outdoors, whether we're camping, hiking, or paddling.

Professional Organizations:
Geological Society of America - www.geosociety.org
Massachusetts Computer Using Educators - www.masscue.org

Office Hours:
morning: 7:20 to 8:47
lunch: 11:12 to 11:45 (4L1)
afternoon: 2:09 to 2:33
I'm usually in the Science Office (rm. B242, on the second floor, in the Core building, between Red and Yellow)

Mr. Dawson’s Schedule

During school:
when where what
*reg. rm. B242 (sci. office) organizing science materials
*1 B242 (sci. office) "prep time" (preparing lessons)
2 B221 teaching Astronomy
3 B221 teaching Environmental Earth Science
*4L1 B242 (sci. office) eating lunch
*4L2, 4L3 A221 peer mediation
*5 A221 peer mediation
*2:09-2:33 B242 (sci. office) meeting students, preparing lessons, holding meetings
(stars indicate best times to call)
Students are encouraged to come see me during the school day for extra help, especially if they are usually busy after school with other activities, like clubs and sports. The only time I can not provide extra help is while I'm teaching classes. The best times to find me are during my prep time and while I'm working in the peer mediation office. If necessary, I can also work with students in the morning (during registration room) and during my lunch period (4L1). Students can not get out of another class to see me for extra help, but should instead see me during a study period (Directed Academics), their lunch time, or if their teacher is absent and has no substitute.

After school:
Monday – GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) Meetings, B221, 2:15-3:00pm / BEA meetings 3:15-4:30pm (St. Edwards Church)
Tuesday – Science Dept. Computer Lab, B213, 2:15-3:00pm (I’ll usually leave by 2:33 if nobody shows up.)
Wednesday – Amnesty International Club Meetings, B221, 2:15-3:00pm (every other week)
Thursday – Science Dept. Office or Peer Mediation Room, 2:15-2:33 (except on Faculty Meeting days)
Friday – Science Dept. Office or Peer Mediation Room, 2:15-2:33
Students are encouraged to come by after school on any day of the week for extra help. I am always at school until at least 2:33 pm, and I usually stay until 3:00 or later. Below you'll find my typical after school schedule. I can work with students during GSA and Amnesty meetings, since those are run mostly by students, not me.

If you need a computer:
Try one of the IRCs: Mon. Green, Tue. Red, Wed. Azure, Thu. Yellow (remember GRAY)
Come to the Science Dept. Computer Lab in B213 on Tue.
Try the Social Science Dept. Computer Lab (run by Mr. Giovanello) on Mon.
Schedule an appointment with me to use my laptop (or another Science Dept. computer) during the school day.

How to Contact Mr. Dawson
Science Dept. office phone number: x7626 (508-580-7626)
Peer Mediation room phone number: x7067 (508-580-7067)
e-mail address: matthewdawson@brocktonpublicschools.com
BHS Main Office fax: 508-580-7600
Parents are encouraged to contact me at their convenience to discuss their children's performance in my classes.
Students who need extra help outside of school hours or when they are absent should e-mail me. I check my school e-mail frequently.