Matt Larson


MUSIC...... I LOVE music and want to be surrounded by it whenever I can. I play bass, sing and drum in a couple local groups but I am always looking to try new instruments. I also enjoy to yo-yo play and video games (SNES or Wii mostly). I am not big into watching sports, but I love to play. I played lacrosse since middle school, but can't find any action out here. You may see me some Sundays at the mall playing men's league hockey though (I've been on skates for over 20 years now!). I love strategy games like Carcassonne, Dominion, Settlers of Catan, Agricola, etc. In general I like to be creative and active. I am always looking for new fun things to do, so feel free to talk to me about anything fun that is going on, there is a good chance that I will be interested in it.

Courses Taken That Relate Childcare

I have my Elementary Education teaching certification with endorsements in Social Studies and Music, as well as having a B.A. in Literature, Science and the Arts (most of those arts were music classes). I have taken a number of courses for the program over the years concerned with nutrition, being active, and cooperative games.


Sorry guys, with three bands, hockey and all the hours spent at the program, I don't have time to babysit right now.

Childcare Experience

I began working here in January of 2005. Under the tutelage of Ruth Manna (the former director) I became certified to direct and have been the head honcho since 2009. I grew up working summer camps and always thought that those were the best jobs ever, so I gravitated back this way and have been here ever since.

Oh, By The Way...

I am always looking for new adventures and projects. If you know of an interesting event or show or anything, let me know. I have been in Iowa City since 2001, and I don't foresee a move in the near future. I am not a fantastic cook, but I LOVE all kinds of food. It is probably the wealth of cultural foods in I.C. that has made me stick around, so if you have heard of a new restaurant, or know where to get anything raw or unique, tell me because I want to be there. Finally, I love my job. I was never sure that I would find something that was so fun, challenging and rewarding, so rest assured that I will be sticking around for a while. Thanks for all of the goods times and support, Shimek is a wonderful community to work with.