Faculty and Staff Directory
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Kendra Castle has served as Director of Social Media and Digital Marketing since 2015. Before coming to Christ School, Ms. Castle worked at Malaprop’s Bookstore as Web Content Manager and a member of the Events Team. No stranger to working in education, Castle spent six years at Currituck County Schools in the Outer Banks of North Carolina before making Asheville her home.
Ms. Castle received her B.A. in Literature and Language from University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2015.
When she isn’t researching keywords and chasing after people with cameras, Ms. Castle spends her time lifting weights, running very slow Spartan races, and making her way through her vast home library.
B.A., Health & Exercise Science, Furman University
M.A., History, UNC-Charlotte
Matt Chisholm teaches U.S History, 20th Century World History, and Test Prep. Mr. Chisholm taught previously at Charlotte Country Day School. He earned his B.A. in Health & Exercise Science and History from Furman University, and his M.A. in History from UNC-Charlotte. Mr. Chisholm has also worked with Young Life at Grayson High School in Snellville, Georgia, where he coached cross-country and track.
Shao Ting Chung teaches Mandarin Language and Culture. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei and also studied in the teacher licensure program at the University of North Carolina-Asheville. She has taught at Carolina Day School and T.C. Roberson High School in Asheville.
M.S., Biological Sciences, Auburn University
Mallary Clay graduated from Catawba College in 2014 with a B.S. in Biology and minor in Chemistry. A member of the Honors College and the basketball team, Ms. Clay stayed busy, but her name never dropped from the Dean’s List. She earned the Stephen H. Wurster Sportsmanship Award, presented to one female and one male athlete who is well rounded and succeeds not only as an athlete but also has outstanding character, and the Dean N. Grove Award, presented to one senior female and one senior male athlete who excels athletically and academically above others. Ms. Clay was also the Vice President of the honor council. Her undergraduate research, concerning a burrowing crayfish species, was published in 2017 in Behaviour, a peer-reviewed scientific journal focusing on ethology. She is currently working on another paper dealing with the phylogenetics of burrowing crayfish species in south Alabama, which will be submitted to the scientific journal Conservation Biology.
After graduation, Ms. Clay immediately enrolled in a graduate program at Auburn University, researching the genetics of aquatic macroinvertebrates (think crayfish, clams, snails, and worms) for conservation purposes. In 2016, Ms. Clay received her Master of Biological Sciences from Auburn. She then worked at Montgomery Academy and at the Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga, teaching Biology and coaching track and field. At Christ School, Ms. Clay teaches biology and is the head coach of the JV basketball team. She also teaches kayaking after a summer of working on the Ocoee River as a raft guide.
B.A., Screen Arts & Cultures, University of Michigan
English Instructor Mr. Dalton came to Christ School in 2014 after teaching for two years in Alaska. He received a B.A. in English and Screen Arts & Cultures from the University of Michigan in 2008 and earned his teaching certificate from UNC Asheville. He is currently studying for his Master’s in English at Bread Loaf School of English through Middlebury.
Mr. Dalton teaches AP English Language and Composition as well as the Honors Senior Seminar. Mr. Dalton enjoys playing board games, hiking, and walking his Alaskan rescue dog, Pumpkin.
Now in her 13th year of teaching, Julia DeLaney is ready to bring her rich experience to Christ School.
Mrs. DeLaney is originally from Statesville, NC. She received a degree in history and secondary education from Appalachian State University, where she met her husband, Glenn.
She began her career in the North Carolina public school system, teaching middle school social studies, science, and English, and then spent five years teaching 6th grade U.S. History at Ravenscroft School, an independent day school in Raleigh. When she and her husband moved to Vermont Academy, Mrs. DeLaney taught history and Learning Resources, coached girls’ soccer, served as a dorm parent, and supervised the winter recreation ski program. After four years in Vermont, she moved back to North Carolina when her husband became director of the Outdoor Academy in Pisgah Forest.
Mrs. DeLaney enjoys traveling, and has skied on three different continents, with a goal to add two more in the next few years. She and her husband have a son, Elem, and a “crotchety” border collie, Meg.
MPA, Public Administration, The University of Georgia
Ed.S., Leadership and Administration, The George Washington University
A native of Georgia, Brooke Depelteau is the Director of Academics & Curriculum at Christ School. After graduating from Presbyterian College (Clinton, SC) with distinction, Ms. Depelteau continued to build on her education, earning a Master of Public Administration (MPA) with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management, from The University of Georgia. Ms. Depelteau also holds an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership and Administration from The George Washington University. Prior to joining the Christ School community, Ms. Depelteau worked at Suffield Academy (CT), first as an English teacher and then as Assistant Academic Dean.
No stranger to the boarding school life – she is also a graduate of Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School (Georgia) – Ms. Depelteau knows what it means to wear multiple hats. She has held positions as Director of Student Leadership, Director of Summer Programs, Director of the Outdoor Program, and Associate Director of Admissions. A former teacher, class advisor, dorm parent, coach, and student government advisor, Ms. Depelteau’s experiences help guide her work shaping a rigorous academic agenda and leading a talented faculty at Christ School.
Ms. Depelteau and her husband, Jeff, a member of the College Guidance team, live on campus with their sons, Maxwell and Bryson.
M.A. in Education and Human Development, The George Washington University
Jeff Depelteau earned his B.A. in English from Wheaton College (MA) and his M.A. in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University. At Wheaton, Mr. Depelteau tutored students in the writing center and also played on the varsity basketball team. Mr. Depelteau’s love for basketball remains strong. A member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and a certified coach for the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), Mr. Depelteau works with the U16 and U17 Men’s National Teams. In 2015, Nike selected Mr. Depelteau as the “America’s Got Basketball Coaching Talent” winner; as a recipient, Mr. Depelteau spoke at the Nike Championship Basketball Coaches Clinic in Myrtle Beach, SC. Championship Productions DVD produced and marketed his speech, “Growing as a Coach.”
Mr. Depelteau joined the Christ School community from Suffield Academy (CT). He served at Suffield from 2007-2013, first as Assistant Director of Admission and then as Associate Director of College Counseling – a role he maintains at Christ School. Mr. Depelteau is also the Head Coach on the varsity basketball team. Mr. Depelteau and his wife, Brooke, live on campus with their sons, Maxwell and Bryson
M.A., Literature, Bread Loaf School of English
Mary Landingham Dillon teaches World Literature, Honors World Literature, Journalism, Film as Literature, and English as a Second Language (ESL). She is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas and the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. She also serves as a frequent director and executive producer for student theater productions.