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Preparing for the Future

The College Guidance Office's goal is to help each student identify and gain acceptance into his ideal school. This process begins in the freshman year and continues through the senior year with individual counseling sessions and workshops. Each is purposely designed to prepare students for the transition from Christ School to college.

Taking the first steps toward the college search and application process is not easy. The programs we offer, combined with the individualized attention your son receives here, will prepare him to feel confident and well-prepared for the challenges that lie ahead.

Meet the Staff

Now entering his 20th year, Director of College Guidance Kirk Blackard has perfected a system that ensures every boy gets individual, personalized attention from the moment they step on campus until the very end of the college-application process. 

Christ School's Class of 2023 was the College Guidance Office's latest triumph - the seniors enrolled at colleges in 20 different states and earned a combined $2.7 million in scholarships. Multiple students went to Auburn, Samford, Clemson, Virginia, Illinois, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Wilmington, High Point, and Long Island University.

Mr. Blackard has been involved in college admissions and college counseling since 1991. A graduate of St. Christopher’s School in Richmond, Va., Mr. Blackard received a B.A. from Wake Forest University in 1989 and his master's from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1995.

Mr. Blackard lives on campus and his interests include basketball, tennis, and cooking.

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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 Associate Director Tracy Weldon. 

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. 

With 27 years of experience, Dale Sparacino is one of the longest-tenured faculty members at Christ School.

Mrs. Sparacino helped start the Learning Resource program at Christ School and continues to aid it as well as teach the Test Prep Class. She earned her B.A. in Special Education from Florida Atlantic University in 1980 and her teaching background includes jobs in with Henderson County Schools and the Hun School of Princeton, N.J.

Mrs. Sparacino enjoys the outdoors, travel, and time spent with her family. Her husband’s name is David.

Christ School students can count on Tracy Weldon to be a trusted ally in their college search.

The Assistant Director of College Guidance says she is inspired by college applicants who take the process seriously and aims to help every boy explore all possibilities, whether the universities are domestic or abroad.

Mrs. Weldon grew up on a small farm just outside Asheville but has spent her last 10 years working as a college counselor at international boarding schools in Leysin, Switzerland, Shanghai, China, and most recently, Jeju Island, Korea. Besides college counseling, she also has experience working in admissions and alumni affairs at a small private liberal arts college.

She holds a master’s in Higher Education from Harvard University and both a master’s in Creative Writing and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Mrs. Weldon has long admired the mission and beauty of Christ School. Her first visit to campus was one of her high school cross country races that she remembers fondly.  

Outside of school, Tracy enjoys traveling, hiking, gardening, and spending time with her daughter and husband.