Master Teacher: Kristina Mayo
DVM, VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Kris Pelham Mayo is a veterinarian and classical homeschool tutor in the natural sciences. She received a BA in modern languages (German and French) from the College of William and Mary and a DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech.
After practicing clinical veterinary medicine and surgery for a number of years, Dr. Mayo joined the faculty at the Community College of Baltimore County as an adjunct professor, where she developed and taught online classes in veterinary technology. She has been homeschooling her 4 children (ranging from elementary school age through high school age) since they were born. Since 2011, she has also been tutoring high school laboratory science classes, including biology, chemistry, and physical science, for a local classical homeschool tutorial.
Dr. Mayo is passionate about helping students learn more about their Creator by studying His creation! Students who enroll in her classes learn more than just science through a Christian worldview. They also learn how to learn. Many high school students can read a textbook, but they often do not really know how to study a textbook. Using classical, trivium-based techniques, her students learn for retention and develop practical study techniques, time management habits, and critical thinking and rhetorical skills that benefit them through high school and beyond.
Dr. Mayo lives on a farm in Bowie, Maryland, with her husband, 4 children, horses, chickens, rabbits, and whatever other animals show up at the farm. She is excited to be teaching knowledge, developing wisdom, and fostering understanding with a Christian worldview at HSLDA Online Academy.
MS, University of Notre Dame
Katrina Gellerman received her undergraduate degree in molecular biology at North Dakota State University and a master’s degree in biochemistry at The University of Notre Dame. She has conducted academic research involving isolating heme transport proteins in pathogenic bacteria and characterizing aberrant gene expression in ovarian cancer.
While in graduate school, she made the unexpected discovery that she loved teaching science more than laboratory research. She has since turned her efforts toward instruction, and has over five years of experience teaching and tutoring math and science students of a variety of ages and backgrounds.
Katrina was homeschooled K-12 and loves the personalized and flexible approach of home education. She has always enjoyed learning about and teaching the biological sciences and their role in displaying the complexity, beauty and majesty of the Creator. She is very excited to highlight the surprising intricacies of the world around us that we so often take for granted. Katrina also enjoys music (especially playing piano: Mozart sonatas and accompanying her sister’s singing), painting, hiking, needlework, and reading.
MS, Georgetown University
Angel earned an undergraduate degree in biology at the University of New Mexico. She earned her master’s degree at Georgetown University in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology. Angel has extensive experience conducting independent research and is an experienced seminar speaker and author. She believes that using the scientific method during “hands-on” experimentation is the key to successful discovery. Angel’s passion in the area of science is molecular biology. Angel spent a considerable amount of time using various high-powered microscopes to make discoveries. She absolutely loves to illuminate the intricacies of God’s creation using microscopy!
During her time in the lab, Angel mentored several high school and undergraduate students. She has also taught biology online to undergraduate students. Angel’s favorite aspect of teaching is helping students live up to their God-given potential by presenting subject matter in an interesting way and challenging students to ask questions and dive deep into new material without fear.
In addition to teaching, Angel takes on various projects in the area of outcomes management for various non-profit organizations. Angel lives in Arizona, where she is happily homeschooling her young son. She enjoys traveling, the outdoors, and spending time with her family.
Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (32 weeks).
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