When Mr. Matt Sommer joined DeSales in 2008, he wanted to have the same positive impact on students that his Catholic school teachers had on him over the years. “I love teaching at a school where I can truly get to know my students and serve them by teaching to their specific needs,” said Mr. Sommer. His love of the school and ability to relate to the students makes a difference as students learn to navigate high school. History teacher Tim Burke told him early on, “Never forget what it is like to be a teenage boy.” It was this advice that he often thinks of when working with students. Remembering the struggles and successes of his adolescence helps him make genuine connections to students.
Fun Facts about Mr. Sommer
Why should alumni and friends support DeSales?
There is no other school like DeSales, and what this community has built, and continues to build year after year, is a shining example of what Catholic education can be.
What is your proudest moment at DeSales?
My proudest moment(s) are graduation ceremonies. Seeing our students, their families, and our DeSales team celebrate this milestone is such an honor, and I’m proud to have been a part of the journey.
If you could take the students on a field trip anywhere in the world, where would you take them? England— just what you’d expect for an English teacher, probably. I’ve had the chance to make the trip once as an Immersion experience. I will go back again soon!
How do you think the students will remember you and your class?
When all is said and done, beyond the writing process and reading strategies, I hope the students remember that success is always possible if you’re willing to reach out to others, work together, and think critically.
What were you like as a student?
I was (and am) a big nerd, but while I enjoyed almost every class, I have always struggled with math. I often tell the students that I wish I had math teachers who cared as much as theirs do.