We believe the core of a strong mathematics curriculum stems from students being able to accomplish the following 5 principles:
- Build new mathematical knowledge through problem solving
- Solve problems in mathematics and other disciplines.
- Learn a wide variety of problem solving techniques. Students can reflect on the process
- Recognize reasoning as a fundamental aspect of mathematics
- Make and investigate mathematical conjectures
- Develop and evaluate mathematical arguments and proofs
- Communicate their mathematical thinking coherently to peers, teachers, and others
- Use the language of mathematics to express ideas precisely
- Analyze and evaluate the mathematical thinking and strategy of others
- Understand how mathematical ideas interconnect and build on one another to produce a content whole.
- Recognize and can apply mathematics in contexts outside of mathematics.
- Create and use representations to organize, record, and communicate mathematical ideas
- Select, apply, and translate among mathematical representations to solve problems
- Use representations to model and interpret physical, social, and mathematical phenomena
All Christ School students are required to complete 4 years of mathematics. The core offerings of the mathematics department that all students complete are:
- Algebra I (regular or honors)
- Geometry (regular or honors)
- Algebra II (regular or honors)
After completing this core, students continue their mathematics studies by selecting at least 1 of the following.
- PreCalculus (regular or honors)
- Advanced Functions and Models
For our most advanced students we also offer:
- AP Statistics
- AP Calculus AB
- AP Calculus BC
We also offer the following semester courses for students who wish to further their mathematical studies beyond the typical high school curriculum:
- Differential Equations
- Linear Algebra
- Multivariable Calculus
- Graph Theory
In addition, we also offer the following elective courses in Computer Science
- AP Computer Science Principles
- AP Computer Science
Christ School’s mathematics department also encourages students to participate in mathematics and computer science competitions. The National High School Modeling Contest is offered in the Fall and the AMC is offered in the Spring for students each year.
2017: Honorable Mention National High School Modeling Contest (Coleman Davis, Drew Hamilton, Bronson Gatts, Benet David)
Honorable Mention National High School Modeling Contest (Jake Johnson, Zach Pulsfier, Jacob Kang, Beau Simmons)
8th place UNCA Programming competition (Jacob Kang, Jake Johnson, Zach Pulsfier)
2016: Meritorious award National High School Modeling Contest (Kiffen Loomis, Coleman Davis, Drew Hamilton, Bronson Gatts)
Honorable Mention: International High School Modeling Contest (Kiffen Loomis, Coleman Davis, Bronson Gatts, Drew Hamilton)
2015: AIMEE qualifier: Jerry Lu
Michael Amato enters his fourth year at Christ School as an Instructor of Advanced Functions and Pre-Calculus. Outside the classroom, Amato is the Head Coach for the Ski and Snowboard team and an Assistant Coach for the JV Soccer team.
Amato played NCAA Division III soccer for the University of Scranton for three years, and stays active in the sport with an adult league in Asheville. Other leisurely pursuits for Amato are mountain biking and recreational hiking.
Amato received a B.S. in Mathematics from UNC Asheville and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2009. He and his wife, Janna, have one daughter, Elise.
Going on a decade at Christ School, teaching is in Jamie Auch’s blood. He is a third-generation independent school teacher and Math Instructor at Christ School. Outside the classroom, Auch is a member of the JV Lacrosse team’s coaching staff and formerly worked with the Greenies Football and Wrestling teams.
Auch received a B.A. in Art History from and minor in Mathematics from Washington & Lee University, making him the product of a single-sex education from middle school through college.
In his free time, Auch likes to camp, bike and kayak. He is also a big fan of vintage Volkswagen vehicles. Auch and his wife Christina have two daughters, Casey and Emma.
M.S.E., Montana State University
Thom Flinders has been a boarding school teacher, coach, dorm parent, and advisor for the last thirteen years at Holderness School (NH). Thom was the founding faculty for the Engineering Principles/STEM Class & Robotics Club, and he also served as the Director of Outdoor Education, each year leading 11-day winter Outback Excursions, a major component of Holderness’s leadership curriculum. No stranger to the wilderness, Thom taught math in Alaska from 1999-2004, and before that, he commanded a wildland firefighter team in Utah.
Thom received his Bachelor of Science Education from the University of Utah in 1999, majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry. While teaching at Holderness, Thom earned a Master of Science Education from Montana State University in 2009. At Christ School, Thom will be the head of Young House – joined by his wife, Jill, and their two boys, Holten (18), who is off to college, and Cannon (12) – and Thom will teach AP Environmental Science and Algebra II.
Leigh Harris teaches Honors Geometry, Algebra II, and Statistics, and works in the Outdoor Program. While at Christ School he has received the Brevard Mentor Teacher award three times, the school's Teacher of the Year Award and the Wal-mart Teacher of the Year award.
M.S., Applied Math, Western Carolina University
Bryan Martin grew up in the North Carolina mountains, allowing him a local perspective in his 13 years at Christ School. Martin chairs the Mathematics Department and assists in providing technology support to fellow teachers. He manages the school’s relationship with tech support company Electronic Office. Martin has overseen the reaccreditation efforts for the last decade with SAIS/AdvancedEd (SACS). Martin’s coaching experience at Christ School includes basketball, intramurals, and racquetball.
Martin earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Western Carolina University in 1997, and then received an M.S. in Applied Mathematics from WCU in 1999.
Martin reads fiction and is up for playing any type of game in his spare time. He and his wife, Olivia, have one daughter, Anna.
M.Ed., Math and Physics, Edinboro University of PA
Mike Mohney teaches mathematics and works with the Outdoor Program. Before his career in teaching, Mike was a U.S. Navy officer specializing in nuclear power plants. Following the Navy, he worked as Engineering Manager for the Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Station (NJ). A former Noland Head of House, Mike now serves as Head of Cuningham House.
Sandy Powers brings a wealth of experience to the Math Department. She taught high school and college math in Georgia public and private schools for over twenty years, including several stints as department chair. She holds both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Math Education from the University of Georgia and is an avid Bulldog football fan.
Ken graduated from Georgia Tech in 1999 with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering – Cooperative Plan (a designation for undergraduates who worked three semesters in a professional organization while attending school). Ken has worked in single-gender education as an upper-level Math teacher since 2006. At Christ School, Ken will teach Algebra II and Geometry and serve as a house parent in Harris House.
In the afternoons, our Disc Golf team will benefit from Ken’s leadership. An avid disc golfer himself, Ken turned pro in August 2014, and has since won 24 competitions in the professional Masters (age 40+) league. When he’s not busy directing tournaments, teaching clinics, and volunteering at local events, Ken hopes to take advantage of the ample hiking and camping opportunities around Asheville.