About Mr. Matthew Barbercheck
Mr. Matthew Barbercheck is a worker bee jack of all trades. His love for hands-on applied knowledge began his senior year of high school when he finally got the chance to take his first industrial technology class, "Beginning Autos". He decided to pursue a career in teaching and has a variety of experiences with multiple trades, which includes metalworking, woodworking, building trades, design and repair. He is a learnaholic by nature, enjoys organizing his tool box, and has a deep appreciation for occasional solitude and downtime.
About "Hawk Shop"
The Hawk Shop is the maker-space for Republic-Michigamme students and is available for use to 6th-12th grade students under the course title Industrial Arts. The shop operates using the original woodworking equipment to the building and is continuing progress to upgrade the shop to develop trade skill sets for today’s workforce.
The Hawk Shop exposes students to the diverse fields within skilled trade, and capitalizes on students strengths and interests to prepare students for entering a skilled trade position, and/or to utilize maker skills as a healthy creative outlet.