Last year, there was an announcement that shook the Bullis community. Longtime Bullis employee Marty Berger was retiring. Berger held many roles throughout his long tenure at Bullis. One of those roles was senior class coordinator, and this year math teacher extraordinaire Matt Zimmer has filled in admirably in his absence.
“I went home and had a conversation with my wife about whether or not I wanted to take on this added responsibility. After that conversation, I decided to take on the role of senior class coordinator,” said Zimmer.
Zimmer has thrived in his new role. The majority of the seniors and Zimmer have built a relationship throughout the year. It is Zimmer’s goal to have conversations with every student throughout the week. Goals like this have led Zimmer to build the trust of the seniors and earn their respect.
“I had Mr. Zimmer as a teacher, and now as my senior class coordinator, and he has been a great mentor and person to talk to throughout my career at Bullis. He has definitely enhanced the experience of being a senior,” said Max Nordeen (‘13).
“He’s great, he has really been a mentor,” said Nadia Fallahi (‘13)
Zimmer hit the ground running, mediating leadership discussions and activities to bring the senior class closer together. In class meetings, Zimmer has ensured everyone has a voice. Zimmer’s outreach has expanded as compared to when he was limited to the math classroom.
“I have enjoyed being engaged with more students everyday and having my office in the Commons allows me to be closer with each and every student,” said Zimmer.
In the remaining months of the year, Zimmer wants to ensure the seniors stay focused and do not abuse their senior privileges. Every senior this year has been lucky to have Zimmer as someone to talk to and as a leader to look up to.
The whole senior class owes Mr. Zimmer and huge thank you.