Marjorie Matthews has been the receptionist and office manager at the La Follette School since 2011. She greets everyone who visits or calls the La Follette School, responding to a wide variety of requests and answering questions.
Matthews supports students as they travel along their La Follette road and provides faculty and staff with administrative support in a wide variety of ways, including travel arrangements and expense reimbursement. Each fall, Matthews serves as the lead La Follette School staff person for the campus-wide Partners in Giving campaign, which has included a competitive penny war for several years.
Matthews received a University Staff Excellence Award from UW-Madison’s College of Letters & Science in May 2016.
For much of her career, Matthews was a master’s-level Licensed Clinical Social Worker after receiving her bachelor’s degree in sociology from UW-Madison and her master’s degree in social welfare from UW-Milwaukee. She has worked for public agencies at the state, county, and federal levels; for the U.S. Army in Germany; and for local nonprofit agencies. Matthews also worked in a hospital drug-and-alcohol setting and spent many years working in foster care.
Having lived internationally and visited many countries, Matthews has provided support to many international people on campus and elsewhere by volunteering with the Literacy Network, Cultural Linguistics, and Bridge Program. She also enjoys assisting the La Follette School’s honorary faculty fellows in arranging their plans. Matthews’s primary hobbies are in song and dance: she is an active member of the Madison Raging Grannies and participates in the local Contra-Dance folk community as a dancer and caller.