Will lives in the Palouse region of North Idaho with his wife Liz, five sons, and two daughters. Will grew up near the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he earned a B.S. in Biology (2000) and minors in Chemistry and Conservation Biology. Through his undergraduate years he participated in numerous biological field studies in fun places like the Bering Sea, Alaska’s North Slope, Western North Carolina, Minnesota, Central Wisconsin, and the Cuyahoga River Valley of Ohio. He also interned for the Smithsonian’s Conservation Research Center, where he led an effort studying giant eland reproduction and spent a season caring for and studying wallabies, kangaroos, and other marsupials at the Macquarie University Marsupial Fauna Park near Sydney, Australia.
Will has worked in science education since 1999 in various capacities including: as the Education Director of a public lands advocacy organization, Science Chair and teacher at Montrose Christian Academy in Moscow, ID, Zoology lab instructor and Ornithology/Herpetology teaching assistant at North Carolina State University, and as Natural Resources instructor at the University of Idaho. He earned a Secondary Science teaching endorsement and M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho (2013). Will most recently worked as the 4-H Science Extension Associate at the University of Idaho where he coordinated K-12 STEM education programs throughout the state and as a science instructor for Logos Online School.
Will currently writes curriculum and teaches Biology and General Science for Veritas Scholars Academy, an online Christian school. He is the founder and board president of the Homeschool Institute of Science (HIS, Inc.) and he absolutely loves encouraging and inspiring those around him to explore God’s marvelously complex Creation!
Gary Lester is founder/CEO of EcoAnalysts,Inc., an aquatic ecology and taxonomy services firm headquartered in Moscow, Idaho. A graduate from the University of Idaho fisheries program in 1992, he pursued graduate studies in Entomology at the University of Idaho College of Agrigulture from 1992-1994, when he started EcoAnalysts. The company has sincegrown into North America’s largest privately held provider of taxonomy services, providing support to states/provinces, tribes, private industry and federal clients in the USA and Canada.
Brett most recently served as the Director of Presidential Communications at the University of Idaho (2010-2014). He earned his B.S., Communication (advertising/public relations) in 1983 from the University of Idaho and his Ph.D., Political Science, 2006, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala. In between and after that he managed to earn five Masters degrees. Brett has a very distinguished career in the Air Force (1987-2010). He has a passion for serving the Lord and his family including his children who were primarily homeschooled, for scholarly communication, and for the sciences.
Peter is a father of six lovely and crazy kids, a husband to his lovely and less crazy wife, and a photographer, videographer, and digital media producer of large and small jobs, in the Pacific Northwest of these United States. He works closely with the marketing team at Appearances Marketing and Promotion, to help businesses and organizations in the region and state communicate effectively.
He loves photographing farms and farmer and is always eager to explore other opportunities ag and natural resources businesses and organizations.
Peter and his wife were both homeschooled and are homeschooling their six children. His father is a medical doctor and creationist and was an active force for science education in his life growing up. Peter loves science and education, and really believe in the vision of HIS.
Gordon is very interested in fostering and cultivating a much higher level of curiosity, knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of natural sciences in our young people, especially Christians. According to him, “Christians need to be the leaders in caring for the creation but the next generation of Christians are ill-equipped. They are not being given the knowledge, tools, or appreciation that is needed for our future stewardship responsibilities.”
Gordon received his Ph.D. from George Mason University in Environmental Science and Public Policy (2003), his M.S. degree in Entomology from the University of Idaho (1989), and a Bachelor’s degree in Education (Secondary Education-Biology) from the University of Idaho (1984). He worked as a scientific aide in molecular biology at the University of Idaho for two and a half years and as faculty with the Department of Biology at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, from 1991 to 2003. He is currently a Senior Fellow of Natural History at New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho and has been on faculty since 2003.