Team Bios

This textbook was a team effort. There is no first, second or third author since the textbook is not about us. It is our gift to the God that we love and worship who is worthy of our very best and our all. To God be the glory.

Gladys Kober is a Data Analyst in Astronomy at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. She has worked as an adjunct faculty at Towson University and currently works at Montgomery College. She was raised in a Christian home in Brazil and has a M.A. in Astrophysics from Brazil. She worked for two years in Rio’s planetarium.

Susan Benecchi is a Research Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute and an instructor with Freedom Project Education (a classical Christian home school program). She studies small bodies in our Solar System. She was raised in a Christian home and attended public schools. She received her Ph.D. in Planetary Astronomy from MIT/EAPS.

Paula Gossard is a Professor of Science & Science Education and the Acting Dean of the School of Education at Cairn University. She was raised in a Christian home and attended a Lutheran school and public high school. B.A., Humboldt State University M. Ed., George Mason University Ph.D., The University of Southern Mississippi


Ashley Zauderer is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard CFA. She was raised in a Christian home and experienced a combination of home school, Christian school and public school. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and has taught astronomy labs at the university level. She helped start this project, however, due to other time commitments stepped down from the editorial staff. She remains a collaborator.