Native Language Teacher Education (NLTE) Dept. Chair
E. Stevenson Building Rm. 107
M.A. Education Leadership, University of Northern Colorado
B.S. Secondary Education, Montana State University-Billings
Rosemary Matt (Séliš/Ql̓ispé) is from the Flathead Reservation in Montana. Rosemary’s parents are Fred Matt and Kathy Ross, both members of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She is a single mother of two amazing, talented young men. Rosemary was raised by her mother and educated Séliš women who instilled strong community and leadership values. Rosemary serves as the Dept. Head and Faculty for the SKC Native Language Teacher Education program.
Rosemary holds a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Montana State University-Billings. She has served in many professional capacities over the past twenty years including: teacher, grant director, youth prevention program director, curriculum director, HISET Chief Examiner, school director, and program coordinator.
Rosemary’s commitment to Salish Language and Culture started when she was hired at Nk̓ʷusm Salish Language School as the Curriculum Director in 2009. This position started her adult journey into learning Salish and understanding the importance of Salish revitalization efforts within our community and the northwest. Her commitment to her community includes serving as the Advisor for the Nk̓ʷucin (One Voice) UNITY Youth Council and being a co-founder of The Salish Institute, a community-based non-profit whose mission is to improve the health, culture, education and environment of the Salish and Pend d’Oreille people. Currently, she is an American Indian College Fund Indigenous Visionary Native Women Leadership Fellowship Mentor.