When Mr. Matthews first started out in education, he knew he wanted to be a coach, but Matthews also knew he had to pick a subject to teach.
"I always enjoyed the history part, and I think my dad was a historian, and sort of led me towards that. It always just looking at the past, making sure we don't make the same mistake as we go along with the future," said Teacher of the Month Todd Matthews.
28 years later and the rest is history. Matthews teaches the colonial to the civil war era to 8th graders at the middle school. He says finding ways to relate history to today's world is what works best for him.
"You become a story teller, and you try to tell stories. Living in the boom, we can always refer back to how things have changed for us, and how we got to make sure we don't keep creating the same mistakes," added Matthews.
Matthews' students say it's easy to see the passion he has for history, and that helps them learn.
"He speaks loudly, so it sticks in your head, just the way he speaks about it," said Williston Middle School Student of the Month Lorin Gabbert.
Every student learns differently. Matthews plays games, show videos, and talks about history during class.
"I don't like when they just tell us to write things down. He'll talk about it more, and show you," said Williston Middle School 8th Grader Kendra Davis.
Talking about history everyday is what Matthews loves to do, but his favorite part of the job goes beyond teaching.
"Every morning you see faces come in, it's fun building relationships, I enjoy that more than anything, is to build a relationship with the kids, and like I said they keep you young," Matthews added.
Matthews also covers some North Dakota history, and says he has had to change the way he teaches that because of the number of new students from out of state.