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Matt Engel is a counselor at Wamsley Elementary. He talks with students about various topics and conducts in-class presentations and activities about important issues such as bullying, problem-solving and conflict resolution. As a counselor, Engel is a liaison among students, parents, staff, outside agencies and the community.In his free time, Engel likes to camp, hike and do other outdoor activities. He also likes to read and write – he says he wants to write a novel someday – and is an avid Boston Red Sox and Syracuse Orange fan.Phone number: 625-7965E-mail address: 25Family information: singleSchool, grade and subject: Wamsley Elementary, K-4 counselorTeaching experience: first yearWhy are you a counselor? If you worked in another profession before counseling, why did you change? I have the greatest job in the world. Every day I come to work, I feel like I have a direct impact on our future. The kids always make it refreshing.What do you like most about counseling? That pivotal moment in counseling that tells me they’re going to make it. It could be a smile, a look of confidence or a hug.What do you do in your free time? Camping, hiking, skiing, basketball, reading, writing. I’m constantly trying to learn new things and broaden my horizons. I’m also a disciple of both the Boston Red Sox and Syracuse Orange.What’s your favorite lesson to teach? I love giving lessons that inspire kids – any grade.What was your favorite teacher like? My 12th-grade English teacher – she challenged us to think outside the box, question authority, explore and appreciate the arts, embrace differences, and be passionate about living. She would constantly ask us, “What does it mean to be human?” She had such a big heart.What is something interesting about you that no one else knows? I was an amateur table tennis champion in my youth. Also, one of my life goals is to write a novel.If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be and who would you take with you? Backpacking in Alaska – with anyone brave enough to come with me!What do you most miss about being a kid? Wiffle ball, summer nights at Rochester Red Wings games, rollerskating, and weeklong trips to Grandma’s.Each Tuesday the Post Independent will feature a teacher from a private school, the Roaring Fork School District Re-1, Garfield School District No. 16 or Garfield School District Re-2. Ryan Graff compiles “Five Minutes With … “

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