John has been actively engaging young students all his life, at every level. He has been a High School, College and University Faculty Member and Administrator, Head of a Residential Treatment Facility, Founder of two innovative high schools, Mentor, Father, God-father, Computer Science Education Consultant and Educational Therapist. For twenty years he taught computer science for the University of California Extension program and authored four books on the UNIX and Linux Operating Systems. Before founding Mentoring Academy in 2012, he was the Head of Maybeck High School for five years.


His academic background started with degrees in Communication, Physics and Astronomy, Science Education then branched into Educational Psychology and ultimately focused his research on the interface between cognition and instruction. He continues to explore how instructional practices and teacher-student relationships impact student learning.

John Muster 

Founder and Director 


BA Communications| Otterbein College
B.S. in Physics and Astronomy| Otterbein College

MA in Astronomy and Science Education| The Ohio State University 

Ph.D. in Educational Psychology| University of California and Middlesex University (U.K.)

research exploring Instruction’s Impact on Human Cognition

John Muster, Ph.D.

Founder and Director

  • Former Head Teacher of Maybeck 

  • Head of Residential home for adolescents

  • Founded Innovative High School

  • Taught in public high schools,  Otterbein College, Austin Peay State University,  UC Berkeley and UCB Extension

  • WASC Team Leader

  • Research in impact of instruction on cognition

     Dr. John Muster is the founder and Head of the Academy.  He received formal undergraduate and Masters level education in astronomy, physics, mathematics, and communications. John obtained a State of Ohio teaching certificate in physics, mathematics, and communication. His research and doctoral work is in educational and cognitive psychology, focusing on the impact of instruction on cognition and learning.

     In previous endeavors, John headed a residential treatment facility for adolescents; has nearly fifty years of experience in education as a high school, college and university level teacher; has founded two high schools, headed a third; and was the Acting Director of the American Association of Physics Teachers.  

Nobel Scientist Interviews

     His work has included the live interviewing and recording of the Nobel prize winners in atomic physics; this project resulted in a publication of taped interviews of these scientist-luminaries in which they describe their work, textbooks in history, physics and computer science and numerous experiments on the impact of learning.  At this time, students at Mentoring academy are digitizing the original interviews from reel to reel tapes are cleaning up digital recordings to improve the audio quality.  They will re-edit the tapes and make them available on the Mentoring Academy web site.

     John has spent much of the last 15 years working with individual students in identifying their learning difficulties and in developing solutions with them.