A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME:

Some Things I've done

Sep
2014
dates
Now
Yad B'Yad as a Director
I am the part-time director of Yad B'Yad, a project of the Bureau of Jewish Education. Yad B'Yad (Hebrew for Hand in Hand) is a local non-profit outreach and advocacy organization that promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities through activities, events, and programs in the Jewish and Buffalo communities.

Our goal is to enrich the lives of people with and without disabilities by expanding friendships, creating everlasting memories, sharing mutual talents and gifts, and fostering an appreciation of individual differences.
Sep
2014
dates
Now
Temple Beth Zion - Buffalo, NY as a Hebrew Teacher
I teach 6th grade Liturgical & Modern Hebrew.
Mar
2014
dates
Jul
2015
New York University as a Visiting Scholar
-Responsible for all financial activity, planning, and bookkeeping for Dr. Jeremijenkos xCLINIC.
-Provide business consulting and research in order to monetize the work of the xCLINIC.
May
2012
dates
Jul
2014
Jarro Building Industries Corp. as the Director of Human Resources & Accounting
I handled the people and the finances for one of the top fifty remodelers in the nation.
Jun
2011
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Sep
2011
Israel Defense Forces as an Instructor - Battalion Commanders Course
Responsible for the translation and localization of all course material from Hebrew to English. Also responsible for 10 cadets, the day to day education, multimedia classroom preparation, course and field materials.
Mar
2010
dates
Jun
2011
Israel Defense Forces as a Non-Commissioned Officer, Overseas Office - Foreign Relations Branch - Ground Forces Command
Concurrent Positions: Information Security Officer/Specialist, Staff Linguist, English Teacher
Feb
2010
dates
Mar
2010
Israel Defense Forces as a Non-Commissioned Officer, Office of the Commander - Foreign Relations Branch - Ground Forces Command
Concurrent Positions: Staff Linguist, English Teacher
Nov
2008
dates
Jan
2010
Israel Defense Forces as an Assistant to the Commander - Foreign Relations Branch - Ground Forces Command
Concurrent Positions: Staff Linguist, English Teacher
Aug
2007
dates
Dec
2007
Hillel of Buffalo as a Graduate Intern
Created and Directed Chai Line, a program that provided care for sick students, HIV/AIDS Awareness programs, condom distribution programs and other social services to people of all religions and social status in the Buffalo/Western New York area free of cost.
Aug
2007
dates
Dec
2007
State University of New York at Buffalo as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Linguistics
Teaching Assistant for Scott Paauws Language in its Social Setting (LIN315), an introductory course to Sociolinguistics
Jan
2006
dates
Apr
2006
State University of New York at Buffalo as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Communication
Teaching Assistant for Alex Halavais Cyberporn & Society class
Aug
2004
dates
Dec
2004
State University of New York at Buffalo as a Linguistics Intern, Department of Linguistics
Edited ESL Graduate Students papers for spelling errors, grammar and content
Jan
2004
dates
Apr
2004
State University of New York at Buffalo as a Linguistics Intern, Department of Linguistics
Under the direction of a supervising instructor, I Instructed Kindergarten students at the Martin Luther King School.
Aug
2003
dates
Dec
2003
State University of New York at Buffalo as an University at Buffalo Experience Peer Mentor
Under the direction of a supervising instructor I functioned as a peer mentor for the University at Buffalo Experience Program, a one credit course that introduced incoming freshman to the University. I taught lessons concurrently with the supervising instructor and often facilitated discussions as well as functioned as support staff for the students.
I speak fluent English, GREAT Hebrew, a bit of American Sign Language and a TINY bit of Arabic

What People say

recommendation
Poornima Farrar
education
I knew Matt as an undergraduate at UB. I was impressed by his meticulous planning and his constant desire to learn and improve himself. Both his life experiences and the way he approaches life make him an exceptional person to know and work with.
recommendation
Alexander Halavais
education
Mr. Schwartz was a student in my courses at Buffalo, and a performed well enough that I asked him to help coordinate a course, a job almost exclusively the purview of graduate students. He demonstrates boundless energy and perseverance, and both intelligence and quick thinking.
recommendation
private private
education
Matt was an excellent student, dedicated to exploring problems thoroughly and creating thoughtful solutions. I also supervised Matan when he worked as a computer lab assistant. He was always reliable, personable, and willing to go out of his way to assist others with both technical and conceptual issues.
recommendation
Christie Jennings-Wyckoff
education
Matt is a passionate and focused student who excels both in the classroom and beyond. His love for learning has lead him to complete numerous professional certifications and multiple degrees, as well as to pursue multiple internships and independent studies over the course of his academic career.

Some things
I know how
to do...

Some Things I’ve learned:

AUG
2015
dates
Now
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Master of Social Work
I begin working toward my MSW this August.
Aug
2012
dates
FEB
2014
University of Phoenix
Master of Business Administration
Dec
2002
dates
Dec
2008
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics (With Distinction)
Dec
2008
dates
Dec
2008
Oxford Seminars
TESOL/TEFL/TESL Teaching Certification
Dec
2005
dates
Dec
2005
Millard Fillmore College - Certificate
Paralegal Studies
I also learned that the answer to life, the universe and everything is 42.