Maureen Mattson was notably recognized as the Teacher of the Year by Contra Costa County in 2019 and the Coach of the Year by the Bay Valley Athletic League in 2018.
PITTSBURG, CA, December 24, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Maureen Mattson has been inducted into Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
With nearly 40 years of experience to her credit, Ms. Mattson has excelled as a physical education instructor for grades nine through 12 and a physical education department chairperson for Pittsburg High School in the Pittsburg Unified School District since 1986. Presently engaged in teaching adaptive physical education, she has held the positions of an assistant principal, the athletic director for the spring sports season and the on-campus suspension room manager at the aforementioned school from 1998 to 1999. Ms. Mattson further flourished at Pittsburg High School as an assistant athletic director between 2010 and 2012, during which time she organized the Athletic Golf Tournament fundraisers.
Moreover, Ms. Mattson worked as a part-time physical education instructor focusing on badminton, basketball, fitness, soccer and volleyball for the Diablo Valley College in the Contra Costa Community College District from 2004 to 2010. Prior to these appointments, she began her career as the summer aquatics program manager and a comprehensive Red Cross swim instructor for the Hollister Department of Parks and Recreation in California between 1981 and 1985. Inspired by her father, a lauded physical education teacher and coach in Hollister for more than 35 years, Ms. Mattson has been motivated to thrive in athletics and physical education for her entire life.
Before embarking on her professional path, Ms. Mattson pursued an education at the University of California Berkeley, earning a Bachelor of Arts in physical education in 1984. She continued her academic efforts with postgraduate coursework in physical education at California State University, San Jose, from 1984 to 1986. Ms. Mattson concluded her studies at California State University, Hayward, in 1992, graduating with a Master of Science in physical education with an emphasis in athletic administration and curriculum development.
In addition to these accomplishments, Ms. Mattson obtained a number of certifications from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFSHSA), including in sports concussion protocol in 2019, sudden cardiac arrest in 2018, unified sports coaching in 2015 and NCAA eligibility in 2013. Previously, she was certified by the NFSHSA in the fundamentals of coaching in California, sportsmanship, positive sport parenting, heat acclimatization, heat illness prevention, strength and condition and inappropriate behavior management in 2012. Furthermore, Ms. Mattson was registered as an athletic administrator by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association in 2012 and completed protective behaviors training with the Special Olympics in 2016.
Beyond her responsibilities within the field, Ms. Mattson has participated in numerous endeavors outside of her professional circles, especially in terms of her celebrated coaching career. In recent years, she has contributed to Pittsburg High School as a unified sports coach and program founder for basketball, bowling, cheer, soccer and track since 2015, an assistant swim coach from 2013 to 2015, and a varsity girls' volleyball coach between 2010 and 2011. From 2004 to 2010, Ms. Mattson held the role of the head women's basketball coach for Diablo Valley College, a post in which she recruited athletes, scheduled games, ordered gear and apparel, organized daily practice sessions and led the team to the State Playoffs in 2009 and 2010.
For more than 25 years, Ms. Mattson prospered as the varsity girls' basketball coach for Pittsburg High School, coaching the team to great heights, including receiving an NCS Scholastic Team Award Banner, performing in the NCS playoffs for 14 years and winning over 260 games. She found additional success in her coaching ventures with Pittsburg High School as a varsity boys' volleyball coach from 1986 to 1994 and a girls' freshman basketball coach between 1986 and 1989. Ms. Mattson initially sharpened her coaching skills at San Benito High School as a varsity softball coach from 1984 until 1985, a junior varsity volleyball coach from 1984 to 1986 and a varsity girls' basketball coach between 1984 and 1986, the latter for which she attained a League Championship in 1986.
From 1997 to 1999, Ms. Mattson was also active as a cheerleading advisor and conditioning coach. Over the course of her tenure at Pittsburg High School, she provided her wealth of knowledge to the attendance and tardy committee in 1995, the WASC leadership team in 2006 and 2009 and the school site council from 1994 to 1997 and 2017 to 2019. Ms. Mattson has dedicated her time and resources to the Special Olympics as a member of the North America Unified Champion Schools Academic Practitioners Network since 2018 and a mentor for U.S. youth ambassadors for the southwest region since 2019.
Additionally, Ms. Mattson remains affiliated with various organizations in relation to her areas of expertise. From 1992 to 2006, she had maintained her involvement as a board member for the Friends of the Pirate Bingo at Pittsburg High School. During this time, she was associated with the California Interscholastic Federation as a member of the basketball advisory committee and the basketball management committee in the North Coast section. Likewise, Ms. Mattson was a member of the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, the California Coaches Association and the California State Athletic Director's Association.
In light of her exceptional undertakings, Ms. Mattson has accrued several accolades throughout her impressive career. She was notably recognized as the Teacher of the Year by Contra Costa County in 2019, the Coach of the Year by the Bay Valley Athletic League in 2018, the Volunteer of the Year for the Northern California Schools Partnership Program from the Special Olympics in 2015 and a Women's Basketball Honor Coach by the North Coast section of the California Interscholastic Federation in 1996. Honored as the Teacher of the Year by the Pittsburg Unified School District in 2019, she was presented with the Equity Award from the same school district in 2017. Inducted to the San Benito High School Hall of Fame in 2012, Ms. Mattson was selected for inclusion among Who's Who of American High School Teachers in 1992, 1998 and 2005.
Proactive within her community, Ms. Mattson is incredibly proud of her hard work, especially in unifying the general and special education students through unified sports, which has expanded under her leadership. Constantly seeking to expand her knowledge so as to discover new approaches to different aspects of education, she attempts to bring inclusion and communication to students and parents alike in order to build trusting and respectful relationships. Looking toward the future, Ms. Mattson hopes to humbly continue teaching, coaching and building their unified sports program within the Pittsburg Unified School District.
She received the Marquis Who's Who Humanitarian Award and was named a Marquis Who's Who Top Educator.
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