Meet Mr. Suttles

In August of 1992, I transitioned from Lockmar Elementary to a small private school called Holy Trinity off of Strawbridge Avenue in the heart of Melbourne.  This began a five year journey at HT that would have a marked impact on my life and career.  That first day ran the gamut of new experiences, classmates, and teachers including Mrs. Ellen Ketterer who was my homeroom teacher in LS 13.  She was kind and caring while also demanding excellence from us each and every day.

HTEA Lower School

As the years would pass, I would be taught by a number of wonderful faculty members including Mr. Kersey for Science, Mr. Bradford for Band, Coach Scharich for P.E., Senora Gamboa for Spanish, Mr. Paauwe for Math, and a host of other instructors that did not just teach a subject, but promoted a genuine sense of learning within the four walls of their classrooms.  Two members of the faculty would stand out over my tenure at HT for the lengths that they would go to for the betterment of their students.

HTEA Lower School Chapel

Mr. Lovelace would end up teaching the majority of my Science and English classes from 7th through 9th grade and helped me to understand the value of investment in my own education.  Mr. Whims was my Social Studies instructor from 6th through 9th grade and would ultimately be the driving force behind my desire to become a teacher.

Strong friendships would be developed during my time at Holy Trinity that would stand the test of time.  Graduation from 9th grade would come and go, leading all of us down diverging paths to different high schools, colleges, and careers, but I have always found that the relationships that I established here have continued regardless of distance or time apart.  Holy Trinity alumni were my buddies in high school, roommates in college, and best men at my wedding.  They would also inspire me to a professional repeat of 1992 as I would shift from teaching at Viera High School, to working as part of the I.T. department at Holy Trinity bringing me back to a place that still feels like home.

Matt Suttles
21st Century Learning Specialist
Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy

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