My name is Mr. Matthew Taden and I am beginning another year as an art teacher. This is the start of my sixth year as a professional educator and my first full year as the Visual Arts teacher at the CAPA Program at West Middle School! I enjoy teaching and learning along side my students and peers. I get to combine two things I love doing: ART and TEACHING! Although I take my career and responsibility of growing young artists very seriously, I consider myself relaxed, easy to humor, and somewhat strange. I tend to find humor, interest, and significance in many situations and settings. I look for and appreciate the aesthetic and design qualities in EVERYTHING in my life. I find the beauty in EVERYTHING. I am also an avid Chicago sports fan! Go HAWKS! Go SOX! Go BEARS! Go BULLS!
A little about where I came from...I went to elementary school through seventh grade in the small town of Burlington, Illinois, a little west of Chicago. I attended eighth grade through senior year in a town just south of the Illinois capitol, Springfield.
I have an Associates Degree in Arts from Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois and a Bachelors of Science in Art Education from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Illinois.