Shelly has a B.A. in History, minor in English from Franklin and Marshall College, an M.A. in History from Carnegie Melon, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from St. Michael’s College. She holds certifications in English and Social Studies and received the ETS Recognition of Excellence for her outstanding Praxis score in English Language, Literature and Composition.
Mrs. Mato has taught English and Language Arts at the secondary level for 17 years, and developed challenging integrated programs for students in grades 6 through 12. As a founding teacher of Greenwood Friend’s Middle School, Shelly had the opportunity to design English and Social Studies curricula that addressed state standards while providing meaningful and engaging units for her students. Working with motivated students, involved families, and committed fellow teachers allowed Mrs. Mato to provide English and Social Studies programs that went far beyond traditional middle-school activities. For example, her literature unity included Shakespeare, classics such as The Grapes of Wrath and The Odyssey, and a wide variety of world literature. Several of her students saw writing that began as a school assignment accepted in local and national publications.
Mrs. Mato also has experience working with college students, including non-traditional students and students who struggle academically, especially in writing. She is currently teaching English 101 and 102 for Thomas Jefferson University. Mrs. Mato has designed middle school and high school courses that address many of the fundamentals in critical reading, writing, and research. She also has designed challenging integrated college-level courses that combine instruction in compositional strategies, a variety of writing assignments, and reading skill development through a diverse selection of fiction, non-fiction, and business pieces. She stresses the use of the writing process and provides meaningful feedback to students throughout the process in order to lead them to produced finished pieces that demonstrate critical thinking and competence in organization, writing mechanics and grammar, and complex and correct sentence structure.
Mrs. Mato is committed to meeting individual students’ needs to help them achieve their greatest potential. She believes that students have untapped gifts and strengths and that excellent teaching, supportive instruction, and appropriate and challenging tasks can lead them to discover these gifts in themselves and in each other.
Shelly, her husband, and three children are members of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church.