Matt Cwiklinski

Teacher/Mentor

Matthew Cwiklinski is an English teacher, tutor, and mentor at Fusion Academy Lincoln Park. He earned his BA in Religious Studies at University of Iowa, where he also studied in the Writers’ Workshop and Linguistics Department. Matt earned his MFA in Nonfiction at Columbia College Chicago, where he was awarded the Follett Fellowship. He was certified to teach English as a second language through ITTT.

Matt has taught English since 2008, though he first realized his love of the classroom working as a teaching assistant for a 5th grade class as part of a high school internship in 2003. He has taught at least one semester in each grade level, preschool through 12th grade, career adults, in addition to undergraduate first and second-year writing and rhetoric courses. After working to help foster student expression in Korea, Illinois, Colorado, and California, Matthew found his way to Fusion Academy in Los Angeles, where he fell in love with the Fusion learning model at their Miracle Mile campus (teaching English, history, and yoga). He is now excited and honored to share his dedication and passion with Lincoln Park.

Matt spends his time listening to NPR, voraciously consuming news media, gardening (indoors and outdoors), reading, writing, and playing the occasional video game. He loves obscure reading material, and he recently had a blast trying to decode the Voynich Manuscript with his
husband. Little-known facts about Matt: He loves to throat-whistle, and he has formally studied Hindi, Russian, French, Portuguese, and Sanskrit, informally studying Korean, Ancient Egyptian, and Aramaic. Matt was even invited to speak on panels at ALTA (American Literary Translators
Association-2012) and AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs-2013) about his work studying the translation of Ancient Egyptian and Sanskrit.

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