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Dean Shares Interesting Past

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Dean Shares Interesting Past

Matthew Dean helps Junior Eleanor Burks with analyzing historical documents.
	Matthew Dean first came to Central as a student, and now he teaches APUSH and Civics here. (photo by Lily Ryall)

Matthew Dean helps Junior Eleanor Burks with analyzing historical documents. Matthew Dean first came to Central as a student, and now he teaches APUSH and Civics here. (photo by Lily Ryall)

Matthew Dean helps Junior Eleanor Burks with analyzing historical documents. Matthew Dean first came to Central as a student, and now he teaches APUSH and Civics here. (photo by Lily Ryall)

Matthew Dean helps Junior Eleanor Burks with analyzing historical documents. Matthew Dean first came to Central as a student, and now he teaches APUSH and Civics here. (photo by Lily Ryall)

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I remember the first time I set foot in the building 30 years ago; I walked in an it smells just the same. Other than there being more students and computers, Central hasn’t changed too much. It’s still a building full of teenagers and teachers,” AP US History and Civics teacher Matthew Dean said.

Dean hasn’t always been a teacher though; he used to be in the restaurant business until 2004. He fell into teaching through his passion of history, and he decided that teaching would be a good way to expand on his love of history.

“I have since learned that this job is much more than teaching a subject,” Dean said.

Along with fly fishing and photography, Dean also likes to golf. He is now Central’s golf coach, and says that he has high hopes for the returning golfers for next season.

His favorite part of teaching is definitely not grading papers. But, Dean does enjoy teaching virtually any course in social studies.

“I love what I’m teaching now. I don’t think there is one Social Studies course I haven’t taught that’s offered between seventh and twelfth grade,” Dean said.

Dean also has a good sense of humour, and when asked to give interesting information about himself, he instead gave a kind of puzzle about himself.

“All I’ll say is that one of these is not true: 1. I once set foot in the gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic and the Pacific in a three week period. 2. One time I snow skied for 30 straight days. 3. I was in a movie with Billy Bob Thornton and Laura Dern,” Dean said. To know the answer, readers will have to consult Dean.

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Lily Ryall, Staff Writer
A cat and history enthusiast, deeply concerned about global warming, and a over of friends and family, Lily Ryall, has started her junior year as a staff writer. Joining the newspaper staff at Central was a must for her, and she said she "joined because it seems like a cool club and everyone in it seems nice and interesting." As high school slowly comes to an end of the class of 2020, Lily is thinking about life after Central. During her free time she watches her favorite show on Netflix, How I met Your Mother, and she dabbles in photography. Photography is something she likes to do for fun as well as reading books and listening to music, particularly Alternative, Classic Rock, and Jazz. Like one of Lily's stories? Let her know! Email her at [email protected]
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3 Responses to “Dean Shares Interesting Past”

  1. Zekelia Lambert on January 10th, 2019 1:06 pm

    I think the article was great. I liked how he was willing to tell his students about his past, like how central was when he first got here and how nothing really changed.

  2. Jas walker on January 10th, 2019 2:50 pm

    I think that this is a good way to get to know about your teachers.

  3. Brendan lovelace on March 29th, 2019 12:49 pm

    I love mr. dean i had him for civics last year but i never knew this about him

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