Matt Gardner

Matt Gardner has been an elementary school PE teacher in Northern California since 2002. A graduate of the teaching credential program at Dominican University in San Rafael, California, Matt currently holds credentials in physical education, social science, and elementary education.

Matt’s teaching role extends beyond the playing field and gymnasium. He enjoys reaching out to incoming classroom teachers and encouraging them to get involved in teaching physical education. Matt also devotes time to organizing school events, such as field days and fundraisers.

Current Activities

Matt currently teaches PE at Rancho Elementary School in Novato, California.

Matt also shares his real-world expertise—and passion for creating positive PE experiences for children—through presentations and workshops.

  • He offers workshops to curriculum classes in the elementary teacher credential program at Dominican University.
  • He is available to present physical education staff-development workshops for educators.


In 2013, Matt received the Rotary Club Teacher of the Year Award for Rancho Elementary School in Novato, California.