Social Studies/ World Language Teacher, Grades 9-12

Grand Ledge, Michigan

Total years as a classroom teacher: 22


Marygrove College                               Masters in the Art of Teaching                          2015
Spring Arbor University                         Teaching Certification                                      1989
Messiah College                                   Bachelor of Arts                                               1988


2015 to present             Teacher, Instructional Innovation Specialist and Learning Coach, Communications by Design
2012-2015                   Teacher, Professional Development, Eaton Regional Education Service Agency
2011-2012                   Teacher, Curriculum Development Specialist, Flood Garden School, Arusha, Tanzania
1993-2011                   9-12 Social Studies/ World Language, Grand Ledge High School, Grand Ledge, Michigan
1989-1993                   9-12 Social Studies/ World Language, Lansing Christian Schools, Lansing, Michigan


2011               Michigan State Teacher of the Year
2010               Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning Outstanding Educator Award
2008               Microsoft Partners in Learning Innovative Teacher Award
2008               Microsoft Worldwide Innovative Teacher Forum US Representative, Hong Kong, China


  • Ragatz believes that teaching is a unique enterprise that requires practitioners to create learning environments that allow young people to practice and role-play the many different dimensions of life. 
  • Ragatz is “proud to have job-crafted the timeless profession of teaching into an unforgettable life adventure, full of intense experiences and learning opportunities, as well as chances to re-invent, re-design, and to ‘Macgyver’ learning resources to achieve the best learning environment and outcomes possible.”


“Matinga is a seasoned professional. She knows good teaching and learning. She is not afraid to ‘think outside the box’ and make courageous decisions. There is no doubt in my mind that in the future when we look back, Matinga’s fingerprints will be all over changing the world.”

–Sara Easter,  President, Communications by Design


“Matinga has worked hard, going above and beyond, to change the face of education for the better. She has impacted many people’s lives around the world, offering hope and insights to educators.”

Aubrie Marsh, Teaching Colleague