WLC Class Of: 2008
Current Occupation: Teacher and Boys' Basketball Coach - New Berlin West High School
Mattox wakes up every day determined to make a difference. He considers himself
a culmination of all the mentors in his life, and so, he strives to serve as a
positive, influential mentor for the kids he works with.
early childhood had been tough and unstable until he was adopted by his aunt
and uncle. During his time at Wisconsin Lutheran College, Brandon formed many
close relationships with staff members and students, who he says supported him
through all the ups and downs he experienced.
After WLC, Brandon got his
teaching certification as well as master’s degree in special education from
Lakeland College. He now works with high school students of all abilities and
coaches the boys’ basketball team. Basketball has always been a passion for Brandon,
and he strives to make the program successful.
More important than winning,
however, are the relationships built. Brandon says he would rather lose every
game than have players walking away without learning anything. His passion for
impacting these young men’s lives comes from his desire to repay everyone who affected
his own life.
Brandon takes life experience
and uses it as a teaching tool for his students. He wants students to
understand that obstacles can be overcome and that they are strong enough for
whatever life throws their way. Brandon firmly believes this is his calling in
life and is grateful to have found it.