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Nyumbani (Home in Kiswahili)

Mr. Roberts, center, with Mzee Thuku, left and Mzee Kimuyni on the right. These are two Kenyan elders who talk with Mr. Roberts' students about life in colonial Kenya. Mr. Roberts takes a group of St. Gregory seniors to Kenya each May.  Mzee means respected elder in Kiswahili.

Education: B.A. Ohio Wesleyan University/Geography and Zoology
Course responsibilities: Dean of Students  and Director of Outdoor Education   

Mr. Roberts joined St. Gregory in September 2000, following 17 years in outdoor education with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Between 1983 and 1990, Mr. Roberts spent over 200 weeks in the field in Wyoming, Washington and East Africa conveying his passion for the wilderness and outdoor education through teaching his students wilderness living skills, technical mountaineering skills, wilderness risk management, leadership and judgment, and how to work effectively with others during extended expeditions. In 1990, Mr. Roberts became the director of the NOLS East Africa Branch, a position he held until 1999. Mr. Roberts, supervising a staff of 20 Americans and East Africans, oversaw all aspects of running an efficient and safe outdoor education program in a developing country. His fluency in Kiswahili and understanding of the cultures of Kenya helped integrate culturally oriented class into the NOLS East Africa core curriculum.

Mr. Roberts, and his wife Elizabeth Goodwin, have three children, and when he is not at school or with his family, he is training for his next ultramarathon.