All Kinds of News for April 06, 2016
In certain circles, Gateway Academy (UT) has become know as Hotel California. Once you are part of this community, it’s hard to leave. The longevity of our staff team illustrates this concept, as do the groups of alumni students who come back to campus each summer to work as Peer Staff. This Spring we welcome back to Gateway, Matt Jackman. Matt worked with us beginning in 2008, and served as a lead residential staff while he worked his way through graduate school at Westminster College. Once he completed his Masters in Professional Counseling, he went on to work for several years as a therapist in both residential and outpatient settings, and volunteering at The Sharing Place, a local grief counseling center for children. This Spring we were fortunate enough to have an opportunity for Matt to rejoin the team at Gateway, this time as a primary therapist in our Summit Group.
In speaking about his return to Gateway Academy, Matt says, “For me, Gateway is a place where a group of special people come together to help clients realize their potential. It is a humbling experience to come together as a team and see the growth and development that happens to the boys and their families here at Gateway. I am grateful that I am trusted and able to be a small part of these boys' life long journey.”
Matt believes that everyone has potential and that through support and hard work, each of us can make this life what we want it to be. Matt uses the strong relationships he creates with his students as a way to address difficult topics while assisting them to maintain a high level of accountability in the work they do together. He loves the individualized and experiential approach at Gateway. He takes advantage of the opportunities to spend time with his students outside the office to goof around and play a pickup game of basketball or ultimate Frisbee. He appreciates how much he learns from his students and their families as he supports them through their transformative journey.
Outside of work, Matt enjoys spending his free time with family and friends. He enjoys experiencing the outdoors during Utah’s four diverse seasons. His hobbies include snowmobiling, snowboarding, hiking, camping, fishing, boating, wakeboarding and four wheeling. He is excited to get out on some of the expedition trips this summer with the Gateway boys, and share with them his love of the outdoors.
Welcome back, Matt!