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University High School is excited to introduce a new science instructor and college counselor who will join our community this fall. Please join us in welcoming Matthew Aschaffenburg and Whitney Matter!

MEET Matthew Aschaffenburg, Science Instructor

Matthew Aschaffenburg, Ph.D. will be a Science Instructor at University High School teaching Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science courses. Dr. Aschaffenburg comes to University from Carmel High School, where he taught Earth-Space Science and Advanced Science: Geology for two years. Before coming to Indiana, Dr. Aschaffenburg taught Biology and Environmental Science at Eastside Catholic School near Seattle, WA. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Colby College in Maine and a Ph.D. in marine biosciences from the University of Delaware.

As part of his Ph.D. program in marine biosciences, Dr. Aschaffenburg spent over a year in Mexico where he completed more than 100 scientific dives. In his free time today, he likes to be outdoors running or going on adventures with his four-year-old son. His family also recently welcomed identical twin girls!

“I am most excited about getting to know my students and being part of a tight-knit community at University High School,” Dr. Aschaffenburg said.


MEET Whitney Matter, Assistant Director of College Counseling

Whitney Matter will join the University community as the Assistant Director of College Counseling beginning this fall. Matter comes to University from International School of Indiana, where she served as Director of Admission. Prior to working at ISI, Matter worked in college admission at Butler University and Franklin College. Matter has a bachelor’s degree from DePauw University, a master’s degree in student affairs and higher education from Indiana State University, and she is working on a certificate in college admission and career planning from the University of California, Berkeley.

Matter was born and raised in Indianapolis, and she recently married her husband, Michael. She and Michael live in Broad Ripple with their dog, Fozzie, who looks and acts like Fozzie Bear from The Muppets. If you listen to Stress Management for Dummies‘s guided relaxation exercises, you’ll hear Matter’s voice — she provided voice talent for the project!

“I’m, of course, looking forward to supporting students as they navigate the college search, but I’m looking forward to learning from them, too,” said Matter. “I can’t wait to immerse myself in the culture and witness, first-hand, the power of University High School’s community.”