Goodheart-Willcox assembled an award-winning author team to create the most current and comprehensive middle school and high school texts. Together, they developed a contemporary, student-focused approach to health with extensive instructor support materials.
Catherine Sanderson specializes in health and positive psychology. She is the James E. Ostendarp Professor of Psychology at Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology, with a specialization in health and development, from Stanford University, and earned her master's and a doctoral degree in psychology from Princeton University. Dr. Sanderson's research has received grant funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. She has published over 25 journal articles and book chapters in addition to three college textbooks and a popular-press book on parenting.
Mark Zelman specializes in biology, microbiology, and human diseases. He is an Associate Professor of Biology at Aurora University, Aurora, Illinois. Dr. Zelman received a bachelor's degree in biology at Rockford College, with minors in chemistry and psychology. He received a PhD in microbiology and immunology at Loyola University of Chicago. He has published articles on microbiology, infectious disease, autoimmune disease, and biotechnology, and he has written two college texts on human diseases and infection control.
Lindsay Armbruster is a health teacher for K-12—with most of her experience occurring at the middle school level. As a teacher, she employs strategies influenced by the theories of skills-based health education and positive psychology. She received New York State’s AHPERD (NYSAHPERD) Health Teacher of the Year award.
Mary McCarley is a former health and physical education teacher at Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences in North Carolina. She believes in creating an engaging student-centered environment with a focus on real-world learning that is also based on personal interest and self-exploration. Mary received the 2016 High School Southern District Teacher of the Year for the Advancement of Health Education award.
Melanie Lynch is a teacher at North Allegheny Intermediate High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Melanie served as vice president of Pennsylvania's AHPERD (PSAHPERD) Association. For more than 20 years, she was a health education specialist at State College Area High School in State College, Pennsylvania. Melanie has trained hundreds of teachers as a Health Education Assessment Project (HEAP) trainer for the state of Pennsylvania and regularly speaks to educators about Health Education. Melanie has also co-authored the high school health textbooks Comprehensive Health and Essential Health, published by Goodheart-Willcox. In 2016, SHAPE America named Melanie their National Health Teacher of the Year.
Melissa Munsell is an instructional specialist in the Physical Education and Health Department at North East Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas. Melissa serves as the K-12 Health Education Lead for the district. She has also served as vice president of the Health Division of the Texas's AHPERD (TAHPERD) Association.