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.

News from the Science Department

Meet the Faculty

Brent Harris was voted Christ School's 2018-19 Teacher of the Year, following just his second year with the faculty. 

During his doctoral work in Astrochemistry at the University of Virginia, where he received his Ph. D in 2014, Dr. Harris was a National Science Foundation Fellow. For four years after that, Dr. Harris 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 served as an expert reviewer for the National Science Foundation engineering directorate. 

Dr. Harris teaches AP and Honors Chemistry at Christ School and is an assistant coach with the Greenie swim team. He and his wife, Robin Pulliam-Harris have three children – Charlie, Kathleen, and Simon. In his spare time, Dr. Harris enjoys choir singing as well as hiking and running Asheville trails. 

David Williams is celebrating his 42nd year in education and seventh 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, and what he considers "the most amazing grandson of them all," Aidan Noble.