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NC3 has some impressive Master Instructors in our ranks and this Instructor Spotlight series aims to highlight the incredibly talented individuals who work with us. We’ll be featuring a new interview in our monthly newsletters, here on our website, and on our social media pages each month.


Matt Schultz

NC3 Master Instructor | Tormach | The Lincoln Academy

Matt is passionate about empowering students beyond traditional measures. His involvement with NC3 started with testing 3D printers, leading to curriculum creation. As a Master Instructor, he enjoys empowering educators and emphasizes hands-on learning. Outside teaching, he is a Design Metal fabricator, advocating a continuous learning mindset for students and self.



Check out our Q&A session below to learn more about Matt, how he originally got involved with NC3, his favorite part of NC3’s Train-the-Trainer events and being an NC3 Master Instructor, and more!

NC3’s Program Manager, Zuri Vazquez, sat down with Matt to talk all about his work as an NC3 Master Instructor.


I have been teaching for 17 years, I was inspired early on because education has a stereotype for how we value where you will go in life. My sister was valedictorian and I was not so I was told that I wasn’t college bound and my only option was to go into the trades. My school would measure my intelligence based on grades and not the quality of work in other classes such as welding or auto class. I took that very personally and it made me want to empower students instead to pursue whatever they wanted to do not necessarily based on their grades because everyone is intelligent in their own way. I have always loved to teach problem solving and creativity, in core subjects there is only one way to solve and that doesn’t evolve into new curriculum whereas in the tech classes it continues to evolve so I wanted to teach students how to solve problems creatively.

We have an amazing activity that I help with working with Electric Endurance Vehicles. The students get a crash course on building from the ground up including things like steering, building batteries, putting together the drive system and auto body, and creating data. The kids can cut and weld, 3D print, and design brake rotors while other students work on partner outreach, designing a website, etc. which allows everyone to apply their skills. From there they compete and get data from there to tweak their vehicles and make them more efficient. It’s a great way to involve all students because there is something for everyone.

Dremel was coming out with 3D printers and I had a relation that worked there that was looking for teachers to test them. At the time I was into underwater robots and used the printer to 3D print parts for the robot. Dremel saw what I was doing and thought it was unique in comparison to what others were using it for so they asked to shoot some promo videos. They then reached out asking if I would be interested in creating a curriculum, I originally had said no but was eventually convinced a few months later. I started creating the curriculum around 2012/2013. When I got involved with NC3 my program manager was Dan Ramirez. We had a lot of meetings in the development of the curriculum. He taught me about having the wow factor and that it has to be pertinent to anyone in the U.S. not just to my audience.

I really believe and love the idea of empowering other educators in the classroom and connecting them with other resources because sometimes it’s so lonely doing it alone that it can be daunting. I think it’s important when they attend these trainings that it’s not only me they are gaining as a resource but other teachers sharing what they do and everyone collaborating is vital.

As a high school educator my job is to create exposure in a positive light, I want to cultivate an excitement for learning. I have learned that the way to motivate students is by getting them excited to learn first. I do this by creating fun and engaging projects that they can be hands on with. When learning is fun it motivates them to want to continue.

It has made me a more technical instructor. By being the one to create the curriculum and then teaching it to other instructors, I have really had to learn the content in depth and be a more thorough instructor. I have to be an expert on the subject and master of that trade.

I am a Design Metal fabricator, I design and make things in my shop. Living on a farm I always have opportunities to design and make things that I need.

Always keep learning, as cliche as that sounds. I learn all the time from my peers, my kids, my family, people on the street, etc. Every single day I’m learning something new. I go to conferences, seminars, training, from experts and novices. I am “Autodidactic – a person who can learn a subject self taught who does it for the sake of learning.” You can learn for yourself and want to learn because you want to learn how to do it. I want to learn for no other value than just to learn and that’s something I want to always encourage my students to do as well.


For information on The Lincoln Academy, please visit https://www.thelincolnacademybeloit.com/

For information on NC3’s Industry Partner Tormach, please visit https://www.nc3.net/partner-palmerhamilton/

For information on NC3’s Train-the-Trainer program, please visit www.nc3.net/training

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