Heather enjoys fostering classroom community through respect, humor, encouragement, and enthusiasm.  Hard concepts are taught with joy and wonder using real-life examples, demonstrations, and hands-on labs.  She delights in seeing her students master material and overcome challenges as they work with diligence and perseverance to see God’s goodness, truth, and beauty in the sciences.

After growing up in a small town in rural Ohio, Heather attended the University of Toledo and discovered a passion for scientific research while helping synthesize MRI contrast agents.  She continued researching the enzyme kinetics of cancer drug targets as a doctoral student at the University of Michigan, enjoying the thought and creativity that went into answering scientific questions.  From there, she joined the Visiting Scientist Program at the FBI, helping to develop new and to improve existing forensic capabilities.

Sharing her passion for showing others the wonder of God through the order of the complex, Heather has been involved in leading and teaching in various capacities since she completed her doctorate.  She was introduced to classical, Christian education when she began homeschooling her children and tutoring in various homeschool communities over 12 years ago.  In her free time, Heather delights in many things, but you’ll most often find her cooking, reading, running, playing games with her family, or doing something with her hands.  She lives in just outside of Nashville with her husband, Jeff, and their four children.

Courses taught by Heather Hartman