Mr. Eric Stolze
Mr. Eric Stoltze studied biology at Manhattan College where he found that smaller schools can have huge advantages like individual attention from faculty mentors and opportunities for research. As an undergraduate Eric traveled to Tucson each summer as part of a team doing research for the National Park Service and the Department of Energy. He published original papers as a junior and presented his work, winning awards at national meetings which help gain admission to Sigma Xi, the honor society for research scientists. As graduation loomed, Eric still had some soul searching to do. Not sure whether to choose medicine or research or both, he spent the next couple of years working as a research assistant first at Albert Einstein College of Medicine then at Sloan Kettering and finally at Cornell Medical College. Taking courses at Einstein, and then Cornell motivated him to stay in research even though it wasn’t as fulfilling as he had hoped.
His vacation time was spent returning to his “beloved Esopus” to help out as a counselor or act as “Kitchen Commandant” at Special Kids, Adult, or Camp Hope. It was there that he would make the decision to listen to what his heart was telling him to do. During special children’s’ camp he found out that a science teacher at Bishop Ford had resigned three weeks before the start of the term. He took the train home that night and the following day was hired as a biology teacher having just enough time to give sufficient notice at Cornell.
Eric spent two years at Bishop Ford teaching science and coaching baseball but he always kept the connections to Molloy and was asked to fill a spot vacated by John Gibbons when he retired in 2000. Eric pulls double duty teaching chemistry and biology courses including AP Biology. He works with Chris Dougherty in the SMILE program and can be found on any junior retreat or senior encounter. He also coached the field team for four successful years. Mr. Stolze is presently pursuing his graduate studies in biology at CUNY, Lehman College. He interested in the growing field of neuropsychology and is always excited to bring what he learns back to his students at Molloy.