Ms Matiase is a native of Panama City Panama. She moved to the Unites States soon after graduating- from high school. She has four siblings; three of them live here in the US. She has two adopted daughters from Ghana that she helped stay in the US after they came as exchange students to do a year abroad with her, each of them holds a BS in biology. Ms Matiase is a self-proclaimed nerd who loves all that is science, science fiction and cartoons. She has a Shih Tzu named Sisi. She loves to dance and used to perform in her national Panamanian attire, most importantly she loves helping her students reach their fullest potential.
Ms. Matiase has been an educator since 1996 and has served in various capacities. She has served as a Senior Class sponsor, Robotics Team sponsor, Science Club sponsor and the National Honors Science Society sponsor. She also served as a master teacher for the DNA Van program out of University of Missouri Columbia where she help and taught teachers how to do DNA extractions purification and work with teachers to run the efficient program at their schools. She was the first teacher in the state of Missouri trained in New York in Authentic Science Research in the classrooms; she successfully implemented this training in her classroom teaching students how to conduct real scientific investigations. She was a Teacher Leader and consultant for the Maps and Medicine summer workshops sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute held at University of Missouri St louis.
Ms. Matiase holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology/Pre-med from Saint Louis University. She also holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University and a Masters of Secondary Science Education emphasis on Secondary Science Research from University of Missouri St louis.