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Meet the 2019 Leadership Team

Chris Matlack, Director, Biology Institute at Exeter

 “To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution in intelligent tinkering”— Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

Mr. Matlack studied wildlife ecology as an undergraduate at the University of Vermont and spent two of those studying at the University of Wyoming’s field station and working for the Army Corps of Engineers. After college, he worked in the Central African Republic as a Peace Corps Fisheries Biologist managing a Tilapia hatchery and running a rural extension program. He then moved to Canada for his graduate work in biology at Acadia University on the Bay of Fundy.  He has published articles on bobcat ecology and fern gametophytes and presented papers at several professional conferences. Before coming to Exeter he worked on a spruce budworm research project for the US Forest Service.    Mr. Matlack has taught general and advanced biology, ecology and ornithology over a teaching career that began in 1984. He has been an interscholastic coach, dorm head and science department chair. He has travelled to Ghana, Chile and India and Canada to do educational outreach.   He enjoys birding in the tropics and has co-led student and alumni trips to the Galapagos Islands, Amazon, Caribbean and Costa Rica. As well, Mr. Matlack is the director of the Biology Institute at Exeter, a week-long professional development conference for high school biology teachers.

 

Richard Benz, Wickliffe High School, Concord OH (emeritus)

In his 44th year as an educator, Rich taught AP, Honors and Introductory Biology for 35 years, along with instructional technology, Earth Science, and Photography, at Wickliffe High School. Currently he is the Science Curriculum Specialist at the Lake County Environmental Learning Center. Rich has been the creator of a number of state level and national projects involving science and technology integration into the classroom. Rich has taught at the Anja S. Greer (Science) Conference since it's start and has presented at over 24 national conferences for NSTA and NABT (National Biology Teachers Association). In addition, he has developed curriculum and taught in South Africa, England, Ecuador, and Australia.

Erik Janicki, Phillips Exeter Academy, Instructor in Science

Cheryl Rotondo, Phillips Exeter Academy, Lab Manager

Cheryl has a BS in Environmental Science from the University of New Hampshire and has completed education course work at Eastern Connecticut State University.  She has worked as an Education Associate at the Ecotarium in Worcester, MA developing and teaching museum programs for students and the general public.  Cheryl has also worked in Seacoast public schools as a middle school science teacher and an Enrichment Coordinator.  She is currently the Biology Lab Technician at Phillips Exeter Academy. Cheryl has been a dorm affiliate, class advisor and PEA Summer School dorm head. She has also spent time in Mexico with her family and students learning the language, history and customs of the country.