About the Authors

John D. Mays

John Mays

John is the founder of Novare Science & Math, LLC in Austin, Texas. His degrees include a BS in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, a Master of Education degree in Secondary Education from the University of Houston, a Master of Liberal Arts degree from St. Edwards University. He also has completed 36 hours of graduate study in the field of Physics. John worked as an engineer and engineering manager for 14 years from 1982 to 1999, with a break for graduate study and teaching appointments.

John entered the field of education in 1985 teaching math in the public school system. Since then he has also taught science and math professionally in Episcopal schools and classical-model Christian high schools. He taught math and 20th Century American Literature part-time at St. Edwards University for 10 years and mathematics at Concordia University. He taught full-time at Regents School of Austin from 1999-2012, serving as Math-Science Department Chair for eight years, and he continues to teach at Regents on a part time basis serving as the Director of the Laser Optics Lab. John is the author of six textbooks and many resources including The Student Lab Report Handbook, Teaching Science so that Students Learn Science, and Science for Every Teacher.

He has three adult children and lives with his wife in Austin, Texas.

Kevin Nelstead

Kevin has a BS in Earth Science from Montana State University and a MS in Geology from Washington State University. He also studied for a year at Covenant Theological Seminary, and holds a teaching certificate from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His Masters research involved the study of Quaternary (ice age) volcanic ash deposits in the Channeled Scablands and Palouse Hills area of eastern Washington.

Kevin has 8 years experience as an educator at classical-model, Catholic, and international schools. He and his wife served for over five years as a missionary in Romania with ReachGlobal, a mission agency of the EFCA. During those years he taught chemistry, physics, earth science and life science at Bucharest Christian Academy. Since 1998 he has served as a Senior Cartographer, Geospatial Analyst, and Natural Resources Specialist with the United States federal government.

Kevin is the author of Earth Science: God’s World, Our Home. He writes the blog GeoChristian, and holds membership in the Geological Society of America, the American Scientific Affiliation, and the Affiliation of Christian Geologists. He has four adult children and lives with his wife in Montana.

Christina H. Swan

Christina received her BS in Biology from Westmont College and her Ph.D. in Molecular Pathology from the University of California at San Diego. She was a research chemist for several years before choosing to become an educator. She currently teaches chemistry at Regents School of Austin. Christina is a reviewer and contributor to Novare’s chemistry curriculum series. She is the primary author of Chemistry Experiments for High School and Chemistry Experiments for High School at Home. She currently lives in Austin, Texas with her family.