School: Erie Elementary Charter School
Neighborhood: West Town
Matthew Clement is a gym teacher at Erie Elementary Charter School in the West Town neighborhood. His tireless devotion to the students and school always amazes other staff and parents. He is faithfully always the first one outside to welcome students as they are dropped off at school. Rain, snow, shine or freezing cold, he is out there! He spends countless hours offering open gym sessions to current students and alumni, providing a safe space for students to play basketball. He builds relationships with each student effortlessly and encourages them to be healthy, fit, and to do their best in school. Mr. Clement has coordinated and managed our basketball league and will often spend his entire Saturday coaching and supervising other schools as they use Erie’s facility for their basketball games. He is always accommodating and helpful to his peers and steps up to help out in many ways, such as covering lunch and recess whenever needed. Mr. Clement is a teacher that all students at Erie admire and look up to and a fellow staff member that everyone can count on. He does all of this with humility. Erie and the West Town community are fortunate to have him.