Julie Norris

Mr. Elder has taught a variety of subjects, but he has always loved history the most.

Emily Dively, Staff Writer

Bellwood-Antis POD teacher Mr. Matt Elder always felt the pull to teach history.

Last year he taught at Altoona’s Kimmel School as an English teacher. The William P. Kimmel Alternative School was established to meet the needs of their students so that they are provided with an educational program that best interests the student.

Mr. Elder came to Bellwood this year and replaced Ms. Andrea Brant, who retired in June.

I want to make History fun, as it’s not all about dead people.

— Mr. Elder

“History always been my passion, so even as I taught English at Kimmel last year I found myself teaching more history. When the Bellwood position came open I couldn’t pass up the opportunity,” said Mr. Elder.

He also worked in South Carolina as a teacher, and he’s been teaching for seven years.

Mr. Elder moved back to Pennsylvania because his wife got a job back home in order to raise his son closer to family.

He graduated from Tyrone and the University of Pittsburgh and thinks Pitt will beat PSU this Saturday.

His main goal while teaching here at Bellwood-Antis is to make History fun.

“I want to make History fun, as it’s not all about dead people,” he said.