Matt Martino

Current Grade/Specialty Area: Social Studies, Religion, and Language Arts
7th Grade Homeroom
Teacher/Staff At OLW Since: 2015
Educator Since: 2015
Education: University of Dayton: Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education 2015, Bachelor of Arts in English, 2015
Special Certificates, Licenses, Programs, Trainings:
Illinois Teaching Certificate (6-12)

Email: School Phone: (847) 255-0050       Voice Mailbox: 337
Follow me on Twitter:  @mrmartinoOLW

I have been teaching at Our Lady of the Wayside since 2015. I am thrilled to be a part of this amazing school and I am excited to be a part of such a strong middle school team again this year. I am the head of student council and an athletic coach, which makes me more involved in this school and church community. I enjoy coming in everyday to teach and strengthen students’ abilities as they develop as learners.


Student Council
Student Council is a student run club that I moderate. Student Council runs several activities and service projects throughout the year. We organize a monthly Dollars for Donations day (on the same day as the popular pizza day) to encourage students to donate to a different local charity.

8th Social Studies
This class focuses on American history from post Civil War to modern events. We focus on the growth of the country at the turn of the century, WWI, the Great Depression, WWI, the Cold War, and modern America. The curriculum puts emphasis on the events’ long lasting impact on our society. Students use primary sources and hands on activities to learn the material.

7th Religion
The students work in groups to teach parts of the book to their peers as a supplement to the teacher’s instruction. We prepare for Confirmation using textual analysis of the Gospels. We examine the doctrine and dogma of Catholicism to enhance our faith.

7th LA
The curriculum focuses on novels, short stories, and articles that allow us to analyze the text for higher level thinking skills. The theme of the year tends to look at texts which examine teenagers, their struggles, and the notion of their place in society. Writing class uses mentor texts to see examples of the strong writing skills  as we learn and utilize them. We work on narrative, expository, and persuasive writing. 

Homeroom 23
Welcome to Mr. Martino’s Homeroom page. You can find information about my classes and upcoming events for our school.

Unfortunately, there will not be a 7th grade trip to Springfield this year (2020-2021). It is usually in mid-May and is something that students remember into adulthood.