Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. History/Pre-Law - Syracuse University M.Ed. Secondary Education- University of Arizona Certifications: Middle Grades Social Studies, Secondary History, Secondary ELA, SEI, TESOL
Ms. Tori Mattia
Hi! I am a mom of four (yes, 4) amazing children! I grew up in Savannah, GA and I am a HUGE Georgia Bulldogs fan! After high school I lived in Panama and then moved to Upstate New York, where I spent the next 12 years of my life. All of my children were born in Cooperstown, NY where the Baseball Hall of Fame is. We love our Yankees!! This is my fourth year at CDO and I have the pleasure of having one of my boys, Gavin (a Junior), here with me and Liam and Katarina are at Mesa Verde Elementary in 5th and 3rd grades. My oldest, Dominick, graduated last year from CDO and is now at UA. We are very involved in the Amphi schools and are proud to be a part of the Amphi family!
I also LOVE to travel and got to take students to the 75th anniversary of D-Day in the summer of 2019. You'll notice the picture of me on this page is with a former paratrooper who jumped behind enemy lines at Normandy and was "96.5 years old" as he said. He was one of several WWII veterans I had the pleasure of meeting and can't wait to share stories about the trip with all of you.
Philosophy on Education
I truly believe that it is important to teach children life skills and how to succeed both inside the classroom and outside of it. History is vital to the way we see ourselves and the world around us today. It is my goal to help students be confident in who they are, stand up for what they believe in, and to advocate for themselves. I understand that students learn in different ways and I strive to provide multiple outlets for them in the learning environment.