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 and 2019-20 fiscal years have been the most successful in school history, with more than 800 donors and over $1 million raised each year.
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.
Cissy Elmer and her family are ingrained in the Christ School community.
Now in her 15th year, Mrs. Elmer handles all purchasing for the school as Bookstore Manager. 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.
Look around campus and you can tell he has been busy lately with Stolz Dining Hall (completed, 2016), the renovation of ’30 House (completed, 2017), the Close-Krieger Athletic Center (completed, 2018), Father Kirk Brown Outdoor Chapel (completed, 2018), and new on-campus housing for faculty and staff. 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.
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, N.C.
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, N.C. 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 more than 30 years, manages the Student Center and Bookstore.
Doug Embler grew up on Asheville School's campus as the son of Blues legend William "Doc" Embler, but has been on opposite sides of the rivalry for the past 13 years.
His roles at Christ School are Bookstore Assistant and 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 Resource 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 began his career in education at Christ School in 2019 as an English, History, and World Languages teacher, 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.
Prospective families will find that James Garland ’10 speaks from experience when he talks glowingly about Christ School.
Ten years after his own graduation, Mr. Garland has returned as newly-named Assistant Director of Admission. He will be a dorm parent in Gardner House for the 2020-21 school year and an assistant JV basketball coach.
Mr. Garland is a former Headmaster's Cup winner who attended Christ School for four years. During that time, he was active in the Theater Department and played basketball.
Mr. Garland had been involved in corporate sales since graduating with a B.S. in Business Economics from Wofford College in 2014. His hobbies include basketball (Mr. Garland is a diehard UNC-Chapel Hill fan) and caring for his 2-year-old dog, Josie, a Great Pyrenees who he adopted in April 2020.
Will Gordon says he wants to empower his students inside and outside the classroom in his first year as a Learning Resource/English teacher at Christ School.
Mr. Gordon graduated from Clemson University in May 2020 with a B.A. in English and minors in Film and Sports Communication. Mr. Gordon interned for the Pearce Center for Professional Communication while at Clemson, fostering his love for positive and discussion-based learning.
Mr. Gordon will be coaching JV Soccer and Golf. He enjoys spending time with family and friends from his hometown of Boiling Springs, S.C., and one of his favorite things to do is catch a great dinner and horror movie with his girlfriend, Letty.
Brent Harris has quickly made his presence felt in the Christ School community. He was voted our 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.
Longtime Asheville resident Lisbeth Harrison joined the Christ School College Guidance Office in 2019. As Office Manager, she works closely with Director Kirk Blackard and Assistant Director Alyssa Belcher.
Ms. Harrison came to Christ School after 23 years 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.
Matt Houston may be a newcomer to the Christ School Math Department, but he is well-seasoned as an instructor after 10 years as an associate professor at Middle Georgia State University,
Mr. Houston earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Tennessee Tech University. He received a PhD in Math from the University of Georgia in 2018.
Mr. Houston said he is looking forward to "connecting with his students and growing their greater understanding of math concepts." His hobbies include reading, coding, tinkering with electronics, and traveling. Mr. Houston's wife, Melissa, is a local artist.
Drew Hyche '94 is a proud Christ School alumnus with more than a decade of experience in the school community. His present role is Dean of Students.
Most recently, the staff of The Angelus showed their adoration by dedicating Christ School's 2019-20 yearbook to Mr. Hyche.
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 with their two children, Harper and Burns.
From his days as a head Prefect in high school, Jeremy Jacobs knows what it is like to lead.
Mr. Jacobs is a new instructor in the Science Department and dorm parent in South Carolina House. His coaching duties will include baseball and football.
Mr. Jacobs graduated from Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., where he received a B.A. in Biology and B.S. in Secondary Education. In addition, he was an NCAA Division III baseball player for the Fighting Scots, a peer mentor, lab teaching assistant, teaching apprentice, resident assistant, tutor, camp counselor, and youth ministry intern during his college years. Mr. Jacobs was a student teacher last year at Covenant Christian Academy and has a coaching background in baseball, football, and track and field.
Mr. Jacobs was the head Prefect and varsity baseball captain his senior year (2016) at Hill School in Pottstown, Pa., the same school all three of his brothers attended.
In his spare time, Mr. Jacobs enjoys fishing, hiking, painting, poetry, and studying theology. He has regularly volunteered at a Christian summer camp on Martha's Vineyard.
No longer a rival, Michael Karp expects big things moving forward for Greenies in the classroom and on the basketball court.
Mr. Karp, who was Carolina Day School’s varsity boys coach for the 2019-20 season, is joining Christ School’s staff as an assistant coach as well as teaching Algebra I. Mr. Karp has been involved in education for five years and previously taught and coached at Carolina Day and Seacrest Country Day School in Naples, Fla. He graduated from the University of Mississippi with a B.A. in Mathematics and a minor in Education.
Mr. Karp originally came to western North Carolina seven years ago, accepting a position at Camp Mondamin, a summer camp for boys. He describes himself as an avid mountain biker. His fiancé, McKenzie, is a nurse with Mission Health.
Wesley King was announced as Christ School’s Head Varsity Baseball Coach in August and will be a full-time member of the Learning Resource Department as well.
Mr. King has been involved in education since 2003 and has taught in North Carolina and South Carolina schools. After receiving a degree in Sports Management from Western Carolina University, he earned teaching certificates in Business and Physical Education from Winthrop University and Mars Hill University.
Coaching-wise, Mr. King has worked at the varsity level in North Carolina since 2004 and amassed 170 career wins as a head coach. He has mentored 34 college players.
Mr. King is married to Kelli and the couple have two sons, Sawyer and Cason.
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 teaches 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 P '09, P'12 is now in her 17th year at Christ School.
Mrs. Krieger’s husband, Paul, is the Headmaster. The Kriegers have three children: a daughter named Emily, and sons Colin ’09 and Jeff ’12. Their children currently reside in Tampa, Chicago and Fayetteville, N.C.
Mrs. Krieger received her B.A. degree in Business Administration from Gettysburg College. She serves on a foundation board focusing on education and is active in a local book and garden club.
Paul Krieger P'09, P'12 has been at Christ School for two decades and Headmaster since 2003. During that time, the campus has experienced unparalleled growth in enrollment, facilities, and morale.
Christ School will again begin the 2020-21 school year at capacity 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, Athletic Complex, and additional faculty housing. 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.
Mr. Krieger and his wife, Beth, have three children: Emily, Colin '09, and Jeff '12.
Corey Lawson was both eager and well-equipped to join the faculty at Christ School in 2019 as a History instructor after having spent the previous eight years at another all-boys school (Cardigan Mountain in Canaan, N.H.).
Mr. Lawson has been involved in education for a total of 18 years. He received his B.S. in Elementary School Education/History from Keene State College (N.H.) in 2002 and his M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Franklin Pierce University (N.H.) in 2015.
In his free time, Mr. Lawson likes to fly-fish, play rugby, and coach. His fiancee's name is Annie.
Wyatt Long is a new addition as a Learning Resource/English instructor for the 2020-21 school year and will also be assisting the Communications Department and Greenie lacrosse program.
Mr. Long graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English from Hartwick College in 2019. After that, he returned to his high school alma mater (Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J.) to work in communications and coach lacrosse.
Mr. Long enjoys fishing, kayaking, hiking, cooking, and cheering on Philadelphia sports teams. His dog, Goose, accompanies him on many of his outdoor adventures.