Snapshot: Meet Ms. Matalone

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Snapshot: Meet Ms. Matalone

Caitlin Matalone

Caitlin Matalone

Caitlin Matalone

Bella Anderson Enni, Reporter

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At one point, we’ve all passed a Presentation faculty member in the hallway and wondered about their role at our school. Since we may not interact with them on a daily basis in a formal classroom setting, we are unaware of most of the important work that they do ‘behind the scenes’ to make our school as we know it. One such woman is Caitlin Matalone.

Most of us initially recognize Matalone as the charismatic and always enthusiastic woman who appears at what seems to be every science class or sports event, constantly armed with a camera. But this month, we learn more about the woman behind #mlip in the Pres Faculty Profile.

With the official title of Communication Manager, Matalone is responsible for all internal and external communication at Presentation. In other words, she helps create marketing campaigns to make Presentation events more visible to the public so they attract a greater audience.
This involves developing brochures and slogans as well as keeping the Presentation Instagram and other social media up to date. The other half of her time is spent scouring all the publications at Pres, such as the Lantern and magazine, for stories that would appeal to the outside media. This requires her to also be in constant contact with news programs, such as NBC Bay Area, a feat that is entirely possible for Matalone since she previously worked as a producer for the local news station for six years.

So how did Matalone go from a large cable news network to working at a small Catholic high school in Willow Glen? Like many other teachers and faculty members, Matalone returned to work at her alma mater after graduating from Presentation with the Class of 2003. Matalone considers her job at Presentation to be ideal because it allows her to utilize her degree in broadcast journalism that she earned from the University of Southern California along with her love for writing and outgoing personality.
“I feel very drawn to Pres,” Matalone said “I think this community is really wonderful and I am so thankful to Presentation for helping to shape the woman that I’ve become. So I feel that it was really good opportunity to give back to the community that has given me so much.”

Matalone jokes that the hardest adjustment that she had to adapt to at Pres was calling former teachers by their first names and learning to respond to being called Ms. Matalone by students, especially the girls in her homeroom. That’s right, in addition to putting videos of panthers cheering for the Giants on NBC, Matalone is the proud teacher of homeroom 11B. In fact, homeroom is easily Matalone’s favorite part of the week. “You get to interact with each other–it’s so much fun because you really get to know the students. Since I’m not a teacher, for me the real time that I get to do that, when I’m not Instagramming, is homeroom.”

Some other things you might not have know about Caitlin Matalone are her love for soccer and theater. When she was a sophomore at Presentation, she played varsity soccer. She also planned on moving to Los Angeles after graduation, becoming an actress, and winning an Oscar by age 25. While she may not have received her golden trophy for Best Actress in a television show, Matalone’s work on two newscasts did earn her two different Emmy nominations.

So next time you double tap to like a photo of the panther’s basketball team on Instagram or see the dance team on the news, you can thank Caitlin Matalone for making it all possible.

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