Matt McCluskey, the coordinator of Academic Support, will serve as the men's soccer team's Faculty/Staff Mentor for the 2012-13 season.
An alumnus of St. Lawrence, McCluskey returned to his alma mater in 200. He also teaches in the First-Year Program and works in the Higher Education Opportunity Program. Within these positions Matt has been able to further long-time interests in reading and writing pedagogies, education, and the social sciences.
After graduating from SLU, he went to work at the Kildonan School, an institution that specializes in teaching gifted students with learning disabilities. He has since worked with students with dyslexia and ADHD in Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, and New York. He also taught history and coached soccer at the Doane Stuart School, an ecumenical college prep school in Albany, New York. Matt earned a master's degree in political science at Duke University in 2001 and subsequently spent two years working in Maryland state politics. Related to these interests, he has taught such courses as America's Suburban Landscape, Reading Political Philosophy, and Dirt. He is a representative on the First Year Program Council, the faculty/staff mentor for the men's soccer team, and a contributor on education issues for the Huffington Post.
One highlight among Matt's academic support duties is helping students develop the habits that will allow them to head off academic trouble in the short run and excel throughout their college careers. He works regularly with students who are developing their note-taking, test preparation, communication, and time management skills or exploring their academic interests. He is especially interested in helping students develop active reading strategies and connecting them with engaged learning opportunities around campus. When he's not at work, Matt can be found at any number of ice rinks or joining his wife Jennifer and son Sean on photography excursions.