Matt Wallish

How would you like the students to address you?

Mr. Wallish

How long have you been at St. John School?

This will be my 5th year, but I went to school here so I've technically been at St. John School for 14 years.

What grade/subject are you teaching? Staff - where will you be working?

I am teaching grades 6-8 mathematics.

How long have you been teaching and/or when did you start teaching? If Staff - including St. Johns time, how long have you been doing the same type of job?

This will be my 8th year of teaching in all. I spent 3 years at Pius after teaching at St. John School for 4 years and am now returning.

What are a couple unique qualities/skills about you?

I enjoy playing lots of sports, but especially like playing golf and soccer.  I was even the golf coach at Pius for the 3 years I was there.  Hunting, fishing, and camping are a few other things like to do outdoors as well.  I've been to Australia and New Zealand and I learned how to sheer a sheep.  I also got to see the hobbit holes from Lord of the Rings while I was in New Zealand.

What are some personal items the families might like to know?

I am married to my wife, Molly, and we have a daughter who is almost 2 years old (depending on when you read this).  My degree is from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and I have lived in Lincoln almost my whole life. I went to St. John School then Pius X High School.

Who is your favorite Saint and why?

My favorite saint is St. Joseph because is such an incredible example of fatherhood. His wife and Son were perfect and yet he was called to protect them even in his imperfection. He had to be a great man in order to have married the greatest woman who has ever walked the earth.

What is your favorite Bible or Saint quote?

“Unless a life is lived for others, it is not worthwhile.” - St. Teresa of Calcutta

What is your favorite prayer and why?

My favorite prayer after the Mass is the Memorare because it reminds me how Mary our mother is always with us and intercedes on our behalf.

Why did you choose to teach at a Catholic school? Or why did you choose to teach at St. John’s?

I choose to teach at a Catholic school because my faith is a very important part of my life and I can openly practice it.  Incorporating my faith into my work makes my work more complete and fulfilling.  I also get to receive the Eucharist as part of my day which is an incredible blessing.

Anything else you want to add?

I'm excited to be coming back to St. John. It was very difficult to leave when I did and I felt called to come back home to St. John School.