Dr. Wes McCoy served as lead education consultant for Chemistry Matters. He earned his bachelor's degree in Biology with a minor in chemistry at Georgia State University, his master's degree in science education at The University of Georgia, and his doctorate in science education from Georgia State University. Now retired, Dr. McCoy was science department chair at North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Georgia. He was also a Fulbright Scholar teaching in Derbyshire, England, a NASA Education Officer at John F. Kennedy Space Center for 4 years, and a teacher at Georgia's Governors Honors Program. Along with being named Cobb County School District Teacher of the Year, Dr. McCoy was recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching, the Georgia High School Science Teacher of the Year, the Outstanding Biology Teacher for Georgia, the AAAS Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility, and the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship. He also serves on the Broader Social Impacts Committee for the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.