Robert Matheson became Principal of the new Wake North Carolina State University STEM Early College High School (STEM ECHS) in November 2010. The STEM ECHS, located on NC State University’s campus in Raleigh, NC, opened in August 2011 with an initial cohort of 55 ninth grade students. After a successful first year, the STEM ECHS added another 55 students.
From 2005-2010 Robert was the Assistant Principal for Instruction at Apex High School (AHS). Before returning to AHS in 2004 as the Intervention Coordinator, he was Director and a founding board member at Kestrel Heights School (public charter school, grades 6-10). Robert worked at AHS from 1991-98 as a biology teacher, and also served as chairman of both the Science Department and School Improvement Team.
Robert’s experience prior to 1991 includes serving as: coordinator of a state-wide biotechnology education project for teachers; biology teacher at Broughton HS (Raleigh, NC); a seventh grade life science teacher at Ravenscroft School (Raleigh, NC); and fisheries biologist at the Duke University Marine Laboratory and National Marine Fisheries Service Laboratory in Beaufort, NC.
Robert received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Zoology from North Carolina State University, and a Master of School Administration degree from North Carolina Central University.