Science

We at Christ School, believe that basic knowledge of science is a crucial part of being an informed and engaged citizen. However, what sets the Christ School Science Department apart is its ability to take that basic science background and connect it to the lives of your sons. The processes of science and engineering take center stage at Christ School. Your sons will be steeped in the scientific method and the engineer design process. The ability to apply the knowledge gained through thoughtful study is the key to demonstrating mastery. Your sons will gain the ability to think critically to solve problems, create models to test their ideas, analyze and interpret data that they collect, and communicate their findings through formal and informal mediums.

In support of them on their journey is an instructional team that is committed to the art of science and not solely to its content. Your sons will find that their science and engineering experience will not only center in the state-of-the-art Mebane Science Center’s 8,500 square feet, but will spill out into Christ School’s 500-acre campus and the community. We believe that the teaching science is a kinesthetic experience where understanding and learning are linked to a partnership between place, teacher, and student. This focus on the process of science and engineering makes for a unique educational experience and one that we are confident in and proud to deliver.

Meet the Science Department

Mallary Clay

Mallary Clay

Titles: Instructor, Science
Degrees: B.S., Biology, Catawba College
M.S., Biological Sciences, Auburn University
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Mallary Clay graduated from Catawba College in 2011, after only three years, with a B.S. in Biology and minor in Chemistry. A member of the Honors College and the basketball team, Ms. Clay stayed busy, but her name never dropped from the Dean’s List. She earned the Stephen H. Wurster Sportsmanship Award, presented to one female and one male athlete who is well rounded and succeeds not only as an athlete but also has outstanding character, and the Dean N. Grove Award, presented to one senior female and one senior male athlete who excels athletically and academically above others. Ms. Clay was also the Vice President of the honor council. Her undergraduate research, concerning a burrowing crayfish species, is in review for publication at Behaviour, a peer-reviewed scientific journal focusing on ethology.

After graduation, Ms. Clay immediately enrolled in a graduate program at Auburn University, researching the genetics of aquatic macroinvertebrates (think crayfish, clams, snails, and worms) for conservation purposes. Her graduate research is due for publication in Conservation Biology, another peer-reviewed science journal, in 2017. In 2016, Ms. Clay received her Master of Biological Sciences from Auburn. She then worked at Montgomery Academy through December, and last spring, she worked at the Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga, teaching Biology and coaching track and field. At Christ School, Ms. Clay will continue to teach Biology and coach basketball. She will also teach kayaking after a summer of working on the Ocoee River as a raft guide.

Marcel Duhaime

Marcel Duhaime

Titles: Instructor, Engineering, Instructor, Computer Science
Degrees: B.S., Mathematics, U. S. Coast Guard Academy
M.S., Information Systems Management, Northeastern University
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Marcel Duhaime spent a decade in the U.S. Coast Guard, service that laid the groundwork for his educational career. This will be Mr. Duhaime’s third year at Christ School and 24th overall in teaching. He is an Engineering and Computer Science Instructor who works with the Greenies’ Outdoor Program.

Mr. Duhaime was a four-year baseball and football player for the Coast Guard Academy. He earned a B.S. in Mathematics in 1986 before going on to get his M.S. in Information Systems Management from Northeastern University in 1993. Prior to coming to Christ School, Mr. Duhaime taught at two high schools in New Hampshire: Bow and Brewster Academy.

Mr. Duhaime’s interests outside of school are reading, hiking, sea kayaking and mountain biking. His wife, Beth, is also part of the Christ School faculty. Their son, Sawyer, is a senior for the 2017-18 school year.

Brent Harris

Brent Harris

Titles: Instructor, Science
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During his doctoral work in astrochemistry at the University of Virginia, where he received his Ph. D in 2014, Dr. Brent Harris was a National Science Foundation Fellow. For the last four years, Dr. Harris has employed his research as a principal investigator, commercializing and inventing new instrumentation for chemical sensing. As a result of his entrepreneurial and technical experience, Dr. Harris serves as an expert reviewer for the National Science Foundation engineering directorate. “It has been a long road,” Harris admits, “but I always wanted to bring practical experience into the classroom. I am eager to start!”

Dr. Harris will use his “practical experience” while teaching AP and Honors Chemistry at Christ School. His wife, Robin Pulliam-Harris and their three children – Charlie (6), Kathleen (4), and Simon (2) – join him in Young House, along with their dogs, Archer and Dax. In the winter, Dr. Harris will assist with the swimming team. In his spare time, Dr. Harris will join a choir (tenor) to fuel his passion for music and will enjoy the hiking and trail-running opportunities in Asheville.

Nick Luhm

Nick Luhm

Titles: Instructor, Science, Football Coach, Baseball Coach
Degrees: B.S., Secondary Science Education, North Carolina State University
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Nick Luhm teaches physics. Mr. Luhm earned his Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Science Education from North Carolina State University, and taught physics, chemistry, physical science and earth science at Broughton High School in Raleigh for ten years. He serves as a houseparent in South Carolina House, and he coaches football and baseball.

Jenoy Merchant

Jenoy Merchant

Titles: Instructor, Science, Coach, Track
Degrees: B.S., Biochemistry, Nazareth College
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Jenoy Merchant spent the first 16 years of his life on the beautiful island of Jamaica, before moving to the United States where he completed his secondary education at Medgar Evers College Preparatory School in 2013. He excelled at track and field and continued his athletic career at Nazareth College, where Mr. Merchant earned his B.S. in Biochemistry, and a minor in Clinical Laboratory Science.

Following graduation earlier this year, Christ School is the first stop in Mr. Merchant’s professional career, although he has an array of progressive experiences from his stint as an Executive Intern in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at Nazareth as well as his time as a Direct Support Professional at United Cerebral Palsy of NYC, an organization that provides services and advocates for adults and children with disabilities.

At Christ School, Mr. Merchant will assist Isaac Rankin in the Residential Life office, coach track, and teach in the Science Department.

Ron Ramsey

Ron Ramsey

Titles: Department Chair, Science, Outdoor Program Director
Degrees: B.S., Secondary Education, Tennessee Technological University
M.S., Science Teacher Education, Montana State University
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Teaching his students about the way the world works is paramount to Ron Ramsey, whether it’s in the classroom or knee-deep in a mountain stream. Ramsey came to Christ School in 2013 and serves as chair of the Science Department and Director of the Outdoor Program. He teaches Honors Environmental Science and Integrated Science, and is the lead instructor for Fly Fishing in the spring. Mr. Ramsey also coaches goalkeepers for the JV and Varsity Soccer teams.

Mr. Ramsey earned a B.S. in Secondary Education from Tennessee Tech University in 1998 and an M.S. in Science Education from Montana State University in 2009. He began his teaching career at St. Andrews-Sewanee School, where Mr. Ramsey spent 12 years. Along with his duties at Christ School, Mr. Ramsey volunteers for the Buncombe County Rescue Squad and serves as a member of the Western North Carolina Mountain Rescue Team 3.

In his free time, Mr. Ramsey likes to fly-fish, read, and explore the outdoors with his family. He and his wife, Vivian, have a daughter, Audrey.

Antton Wilbanks

Antton Wilbanks

Titles: Instructor, Science
Degrees: B.A., Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
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Antton Wilbanks has “lived in Costa Rica and Finland, traveled to Iceland, swam in the fjords of Tromso, dined outside of the king’s palace in Stockholm, ridden a sleigh pulled by reindeer in Lapland, and toured the Baltic nations – Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.” An enthusiastic traveler, Mr. Wilbanks joins the Christ School community, accompanied by his year-and-a-half old husky mix, Baldr, named for the Norse god of “love, peace, and forgiveness,” a name he may have picked up when he studied abroad in Finland at the University of Oulu in 2014.

After graduating from UNC-Wilmington in 2016 with a B.A. in Chemistry and a minor in educational studies, Mr. Wilbanks interned at Highland School (VA). At Christ School, Mr. Wilbanks will teach Chemistry and assist theater director Mary Dillon. When he’s not teaching or supporting our young actors, Mr. Wilbanks plans to cook, play beach volleyball, and keep up with his mom and three sisters.

David Williams

David Williams

Titles: Instructor, Science
Degrees: B.S., Biology, George Washington University
M.A., Educational Administration, Furman University
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David Williams is celebrating his 40th year in education and fifth at Christ School. Mr. Williams teaches Biology and Biotechnology along with coaching fly-fishing in the Outdoor Program.

Mr. Williams earned a B.S. in Biology from George Washington University in 1975 and an M.A. in Secondary Education Administration from Furman University in 1981. His hobbies include fly-fishing, paddling, reading, and staying up on current events and the workings of government.

Mr. Williams and his wife, Margaret, have one son, Kevin.

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