Meet the Leaders of Learning for our Raven Learning Community
Our Social Studies Teachers
Mr. Robert Brunswick
Teacher Lead Learner/Social Studies
Mr. Brunswick was raised in Greeley, CO. where he graduated from Greeley Central High School. Mr. Brunswick then went on to a collegiate career in athletics where he played football and baseball for Concordia University, then continued with baseball at both Northeastern Junior College and the University of Northern Colorado. After taking a leave from college, Mr. Brunswick returned to school and graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Social Studies. He then continued his education and obtained a Master's Degree from Colorado Mesa University in Educational Leadership.
Mr. Brunswick began his teaching career at Grand Valley Middle School, where he taught Social Studies and Literacy for 5 years. He then returned to the front range and joined the 27J family serving as a 6th-grade teacher at Stuart Middle School. Mr. Brunswick has served on different leadership teams where academic and cultural changes were highlighted. He is excited to bring his experience and energy to the wonderful work that will be seen at Riverdale Ridge High School.
In addition to teaching, Mr. Brunswick enjoys spending his time with his wife Keila and his three-year-old son Liam. Outside of teaching, Mr. Brunswick also serves as a music director for his church where he plays guitar. He also enjoys hunting, camping, fishing, and cooking. He is honored and excited to have the opportunity to help create a place where a tradition of excellence and achievement will be established for years to come.
Mr. Seth MatternSocials Studies Learning LeaderMr. Seth Mattern grew up in the Denver area and is a product of Jefferson County Public Schools. After high school, he attended the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) graduating in 2004. At UNC he majored in political science and was a sprinter on the UNC track team. Not too long after graduating from UNC Seth got into coaching track and field and teaching soon followed. In 2008 he completed his masters degree in education from the University of Phoenix.Mr. Mattern started his career in education at Creative Perspective Autism Center as a therapist and eventually founded the Creative Perspectives facility school. For the next 4-5 years Mr. Mattern spent his time teaching and working with students on the spectrum as well as a stint teaching in South Korea.In 2012 Mr. Mattern began teaching Social Studies at Vikan Middle School. He has worn different hats at Vikan along with teacher, including basketball coach and gifted and talented coordinator. Even though 2018 is his last year at Vikan he will always consider himself a proud Vikan Knight.When Mr. Mattern isn't teaching or coaching his other passions are fishing, coffee, Denver sports, and spending time with family and friends.
Mr. Eric MunozSocials Studies Learning LeaderMr. Munoz is new to School District 27J and is a Social Studies teacher with ten years of experience in Mapleton Public Schools.He grew up in Westminster where he attended Belleview Christian High school. After graduating from high school with his future wife, Carmelita, they both attended Colorado Christian University where he earned his Social Sciences degree. In 2015, he earned a Master's Degree in Twentieth-Century United States History with an emphasis in Environmental and Labor History.Along with teaching nearly every type of Social Studies class, he taught various Language Arts classes for three years, which reinforces his instruction in History classes. After coaching debate for four years and sending multiple students to national competitions, he was given the 2018 DUDL Coach of the Year Award. Multiple students of his have participated in the Marshall Brennan Moot Court Competition which have landed them in front of D.C. District Court judges in national moot court competitions. Other accomplishments include being nominated Teacher of the Year four years in a row, Individuals and Societies IB curriculum lead, and founder of York International's Historical Society. Mr. Munoz is a passionate believer in "grit" and expects students to use the tools and resources around them to build success.Mr. Munoz's spare time often involves his high school sweetheart wife and their two-year-old daughter. He volunteers as board president of the non-profit Cultivando where they support low-income families navigating health care and education systems. After working for Starbucks for five years in college, Mr. Munoz has a love for coffee and the process of making his own. In college, he taught himself how to play the drums, create websites, and plays indoor soccer with his brother. As Mr. Munoz is a diehard Bronco fan, you can expect to see him in orange and blue throughout the Fall semester.