Mary Dillon has been head of Christ School's Theater Department since 2001 and directed close to 40 plays during that time. It was her idea to introduce Winter Film as an after-school option to Greenies starting with the 2018-19 school year.
Mrs. 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.
Mrs. Dillon has directed five productions for the Montford Park Players in Asheville, most recently Henry IV, Part 1 in the summer of 2019.
Ben Dowling has been at Christ School since 2005, and one of the things he enjoys most is coaching the Quiz Bowl team. His passion is clearly paying off. The Greenies have competed in the Small School National Championship Tournament in Chicago the past two years, both firsts for the program.
Mr. Dowling is the History Department Chair and teaches the freshman World History course Empires & Encounters.
In addition to sponsoring several clubs, Mr. Dowling initiated the Journeymen program in 2015. It is an after-school activity that passes on Mr. Dowling’s personal interests in woodworking and shop skills to Greenies. Mr. Dowling earned a B.A. in American Studies from Montreat College, along with a History Department award. Before entering into education, Mr. Dowling was part of an internship program with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Beth Duhaime is a Math instructor, focusing on Pre-Algebra and Algebra. She is also teaches Publication and Design for Christ School's yearbook, also known as "The Angelus."
She graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Business and New Hampshire Technical College with an A.S. in Engineering. Mrs. Duhaime brings a plethora of knowledge to the classroom. She has taught at many levels; middle school, high school and community college. She worked in industry as an accountant, training engineer and designer.
Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Duhaime enjoys walking her dog, Bella, kayaking lakes and ponds, boating on Lake James, traveling the world, and sewing. She and her husband, fellow Christ School teacher Marcel, are parents to Sawyer '18.
Marcel Duhaime spent a decade in the U.S. Coast Guard, service that laid the groundwork for his educational career. Mr. Duhaime has been at Christ School for five years now, and has 25 years of teaching experience. He is a Science and Math instructor and works with the Outdoor Program.
Mr. Duhaime was a four-year baseball and football player for the Coast Guard Academy. He earned a B.S. in Mathematics in 1986 before going on to get his M.S. in Information Systems Management from Northeastern University in 1993. Prior to coming to Christ School, Mr. Duhaime taught at Bow High School and Brewster Academy in New Hampshire
Mr. Duhaime’s interests outside of school are reading, hiking, sea kayaking, and mountain biking. His wife, Beth, is also part of the Christ School faculty. Their son is Sawyer '18.
Director of Advancement Betsy Ellis was no stranger to Christ School when she accepted the position in 2018.
Mrs. Ellis previously worked in the Advancement Office from 2002 to 2004 to assist with fundraising for the renovation to St. Joseph’s Chapel. In 2004, Mrs. Ellis became Director of Advancement at Asheville's Evergreen Charter School. After the birth of her son Ben, Mrs. Ellis joined Asheville's Pisgah Legal Services, where she worked for 11 years. Her job grew to Director of Philanthropy, managing a talented team, 1,600 donors, and increasing the non-profit's annual campaign from $200,000 to more than $1.4 million a year.
Mrs. Ellis was ready for a new challenge, and the opportunity to return to Christ School came at the right time. The 2018-19 fiscal year was the most successful in Christ School history with more than 800 donors and over $1 million raised.
Mrs. Ellis, her husband James, an attorney in Black Mountain, N.C., and their three sons live in Van Every House. When she is not working, Ellis loves to travel, cook, and entertain. She also enjoys spending time at the family's place on Lake Champlain in Vermont.
Christ School is a family affair for Cissy Elmer.
She is now in her 14th year, and as Bookstore Manager handles all purchasing for the school. Mrs. Elmer’s husband, Danny, is Director of Human Resources and Facilities. Their two sons, Ben ’09 and Sam ’13, attended Christ School from the eighth through 12th grade.
Mrs. Elmer received her A.A. degree in Arts from St. Mary’s College in 1980.
In her spare time, Mrs. Elmer enjoys beekeeping, hiking, spending time with her family, and checking out Asheville’s ever-growing culinary scene.
As the Director of Human Resources and Facilities, Danny Elmer manages the employee personnel files, the company health and benefits packages, as well as the progress of all new construction. He's been busy lately with Stolz Hall, the new dining facility (completed, 2016), the renovation of ’30 House (completed, 2017), and the Close-Krieger Athletic Center (completed, 2018). With the help of his maintenance and grounds crews, Mr. Elmer keeps every Christ School building – academic, residential, athletics – in working order and ensures the grounds are well-manicured. It’s no wonder that on the weekend you might not find him on campus, but out on the local rivers casting flies for hours and enjoying the peace and quiet.
Being in the wilderness is Mr. Elmer’s great passion, and when he finds the time, he shares that passion with Christ School students, either taking a group fishing or to the skeet-shooting range. These trips keep Mr. Elmer connected to the community, and the love the boys have for him was acknowledged in 2016, when they dedicated the Angelus, Christ School’s yearbook, to him. You can see his effect on his sons, too. Sam ’13, a fanatical fly-fisherman himself, works for Vanguard Financial. Ben ’09 is a professional fly-fishing guide in Cashiers, NC and recently shared his expertise with his old man on a fly-fishing trip to Patagonia.
Mr. Elmer graduated from N.C. State in 1985 with a double major in Business Management and Economics. After managing the financial operations for businesses in Asheville and Raleigh, Mr. Elmer worked as the Director of Finance for an all-boys summer camp in Flat Rock, NC. He joined Christ School in 2007, and what’s kept him here is “Hands down, the people – great faculty and staff, great kids!” Cissy Elmer, his wife of thirty years (and counting), manages the Student Center and bookstore.
Now in his 12th year at Christ School, Doug Embler serves an assistant in the Bookstore and will be taking on a new role for 2019-20 as Athletic Coordinator.
Mr. Embler and his wife, Tina, are parents to Hunter '19.
Tina Evans brought a deep background in teaching and administrative work when she became Chair of the Learning Resources Department in 2018.
Early in her career, Mrs. Evans served as Admissions Director of Carolina Day School’s Key School, in addition to teaching students with learning differences at the school. From there, she moved overseas to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to teach English and direct a writing center at an international baccalaureate school. Most recently, she was a founding teacher of Buncombe County’s first public STEM high school, Nesbitt Discovery Academy. During her tenure there, she was chosen as the school’s 2016 Teacher of the Year. Included in Mrs. Evans’s impressive skills is a thorough understanding of the Orton-Gillingham approach to language.
Along with her husband, Bill, and their children, Zachary and Mariah, Mrs. Evans enjoys exploring new places, hiking, gardening, and learning how to play the didgeridoo.
Jack Fader is eager to begin his career in education at Christ School, with the backdrop of western North Carolina providing ample opportunities to pursue his loves for golf and fishing.
Mr. Fader graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2019 with a B.A. in History. He played for the Nashville university's club lacrosse team and was a sports reporter for Vanderbilt's school newspaper. He is fluent in Spanish and both of Mr. Fader's parents are educators. Mr. Fader's father, Mark, is Headmaster of The Williams School, a coeducational day school for students in grades 6-12 in New London, Conn.
Mr. Fader is a new addition to Christ School's History Department for the 2019-20 school year.
After a decade and a half in finance, Mike Gardiner has found his calling in admissions, serving as Associate Director.
Mr. Gardiner comes to Christ School from Virginia Episcopal School, where he was an admissions officer, served in the junior/senior dorm, and coached boys lacrosse. Before his career in education, he worked for 15 years in finance, with 10 of them in New York City. Mr. Gardiner grew up in New York and went to boarding school at St. George’s School in Newport, RI. He is a 1996 graduate of Lehigh University, where he majored in finance and history.
Mr. Gardiner lives on campus with his daughter, Maddie, and their black lab, Lily.
Brent Harris was voted Christ School's 2018-19 Teacher of the Year, following just his second year with the faculty.
During his doctoral work in Astrochemistry at the University of Virginia, where he received his Ph. D in 2014, Dr. Harris was a National Science Foundation Fellow. For four years after that, Dr. Harris employed his research as a principal investigator, commercializing and inventing new instrumentation for chemical sensing. As a result of his entrepreneurial and technical experience, Dr. Harris served as an expert reviewer for the National Science Foundation engineering directorate.
Dr. Harris teaches AP and Honors Chemistry at Christ School and is an assistant coach with the Greenie swim team. He and his wife, Robin Pulliam-Harris have three children – Charlie, Kathleen, and Simon. In his spare time, Dr. Harris enjoys choir singing as well as hiking and running Asheville trails.
Travis Harris is Christ School's Director of Community Outreach.
Prior to his arrival here, Mr. Harris was Head Counselor and Director of Land Sports at Falling Creek Camp for Boys in Tuxedo, N.C.. A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Mr. Harris has worked previously for the YMCA and as an intern with the University of Tennessee athletic department. At Christ School, Mr. Harris also assists as a coach with the varsity football and Little Greenies basketball programs.
Longtime Asheville resident Lisbeth Harrison is new to the Christ School College Guidance Office for the 2019-20 school year. As Office Manager, she will be working closely with Director Kirk Blackard and Assistant Director Alyssa Belcher.
Ms. Harrison comes to Christ School after 23 at Carolina Day School where she was a teachers assistant and also worked in the Advancement and Admission offices.
Outside of work, Ms. Harrison likes to travel, work in her garden, hike, read, and spend time with her family. She is involved in the French Broad River Garden Club and serves on the hospitality team at St. Eugene's Catholic Church. Ms. Harrison has lived in Asheville since 1975 and has three sons.
Ryan Herrmann was promoted to head coach of Christ School's varsity lacrosse team in April 2019, adding on to his duties as a Learning Resources teacher.
Mr. Herrmann received his undergraduate degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Health and Wellness from Mars Hill University. While at Mars Hill, he was a member of the Lions’ lacrosse program.
After college, Mr. Herrmann moved to West Virginia and taught at the Charleston Montessori School. He also worked at the Charleston Family YMCA, CrossFit WV, and Quantum Sports Center. He then returned to Mars Hill, where he was an assistant lacrosse coach for four years.
In his free time, Mr. Herrmann enjoys woodworking, doing yard work, playing sports, and hanging out with his dog, Kota.
Now in his third year, Cameron Hillier is active in the Christ School community through a variety of roles.
Mr. Hillier teaches British Literature and the Senior Seminar, coaches the Varsity Tennis team, and serves as Head of House for Gardner House.
He earned his B.A. in English and Philosophy from Colby College and is in the process of earning his M.A. in English from Middlebury’s BreadLoaf School of English. Mr. Hillier joined the faculty in 2017 and has since taught Intro to Genres and American Literature as well.
In his free time, Mr. Hillier is an avid hiker, skier, and traveler.
Drew Hyche '94 is a proud Christ School alumnus with more than a decade of experience who serves Greenies as their Dean of Students.
After graduating from Clemson University in 1998, Mr. Hyche came back to his alma-mater to work as an intern in Residential Life and to coach basketball and tennis. Since then, he has worked in Student Activities, Admissions, and Student Life.
Currently, he is head coach of the Little Greenies basketball team (8th & 9th grade team). Mr. Hyche also serves as one of the Administrators on Duty and as one of the advisors to Form VI (12th grade). He and his wife, Mary Kinsey, live on campus in the Marigold House with their two children, Harper and Burns.
Steven Kramer is so accomplished in World Languages that he was formerly a court interpreter in Spain.
Mr. Kramer spent two years aboard as a teaching assistant and was a teaching fellow at the University of North Carolina for the 2018-19 school year. He graduated with a B.S. in Spanish and International Business, with a minor in German, from College of Charleston in 2014. Mr. Kramer went on to earn an M.A. in Linguistics from UNC in 2019.
Mr. Kramer is fluent in Spanish, which he will teach at Christ School, as well as German. He considers himself at the conversational level in Italian and is a beginner in Russian, Dutch, and Galician.
Beth Krieger is now in her 16th year at the school.
Mrs. Krieger’s husband, Paul, is the headmaster. The Kriegers have three children, a daughter Emily, and sons Colin ’09 and Jeff ’12. Their children currently reside in Tampa, Chicago and Fayetteville. Mrs. Krieger received her B.A. degree in Business Administration from Gettysburg College.
Beth serves on a foundation board focusing on education and is active in a local book and garden club.
Paul Krieger has been at Christ School since 2000. During that time, the campus has experienced unparalleled growth in enrollment, facilities, and morale.
The Greenies began the 2018-19 school year with 290 boys. When Mr. Krieger first joined the faculty as Principal, enrollment was approximately 160. He became Headmaster on January 1, 2003. Recent additions to campus include a new Dining Hall, Wellness Center, Dormitory, Alumni Plaza, Science Center, and Athletic Complex. The lobby of Mebane Science Center was named for Mr. Krieger in 2011; in 2018, the new Close|Krieger Athletic Center was opened, featuring an indoor turf field, Hall of Fame, and state-of-the-art weight room.
After graduating from Gettysburg College in 1977, Mr. Krieger began his career in international business with the C/S Group and lived in Saudi Arabia, Greece, New Jersey, and Florida. In 1989, he began his second career in education. Beginning in 1989, Mr. Krieger worked at The Hill School in Pottstown, PA in as an administrator, teacher, coach, and dorm parent. He then served as Head of Middle School at Montgomery School in Chester Springs, PA prior to his arriving at Christ School.