lessons within our history help us improve THE future

History


“There is no greater satisfaction than finding new lessons within our history that help us better understand our world as we strive to improve its future.”

Christ School’s History Department seeks to globalize the overall curriculum to include a core of non-Western cultures and nations, along with traditional studies of US History, American Government, and classical Western studies. This approach was honed to include a specific class of Twentieth Century World History for sophomores, preceded by a freshman class of World History focused on the “non-Western” empires, but through the lens of our Western background. Eighth grade curriculum is titled Humanities and provides a foundation of study in civics, ethics, and current events that students refer to throughout their high school years. Four offerings in AP History are intended to be the apex of our curriculum and are available to students who show the appropriate aptitude and have performed well in regular and honors level classes.

Electives that focus on modern History and current Social Studies compliment the curriculum for the third and fourth forms. The evolution of the elective offerings reflects student interest, faculty initiative, and specializations that often use History as a basis for discussion on very relevant issues. Current examples of these electives are Economics, Ethics in International Relations, Rhetoric, Comparative Government and Economies, and Introduction to Entrepreneurship.

Faculty are encouraged to routinely review our curriculum guide to insure that we are teaching the material and skills that we aim to teach. Beyond relevant content, good, scholarly research and citation techniques are some of the most important skills we can foster in our students. That demands that we assign challenging projects and that we are diligent in using academically cited material ourselves as a model to our students.

The Christ School faculty teach History because they love the subject matter and they seek to communicate their passion to their students every day. There is no greater satisfaction than finding new lessons within our history that help us better understand our world as we strive to improve its future.

News from the History Department

Meet the Faculty

Steve Chester attended high school in the mountains of western North Carolina and can draw upon more than a decade of teaching experience with his History students. He specializes in American, classical, and modern European history.

Mr. Chester previously worked at schools in Georgia, South Carolina, and Pennsylvania. He was most recently Assistant Middle School Director at Lakeview Academy in Gainesville, Ga. In his career, Mr. Chester has coached six different sports as well as assisted or directed a wide variety of camps and clubs.

Mr. Chester graduated from Avery County High School before going on to receive his B.A. degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and an M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania.  

Mark Crawford returned home to western North Carolina from active duty with the 82nd Airborne Division in the 1990s, starting a 26-year career in education. He is an AP U.S. Government and Politics instructor at Christ School. 

Mr. Crawford had taught various Political Science courses for the last 11 years at Western Carolina University, and prior to that was a full-time substitute teacher in the Buncombe County Schools system for 13 academic years. He is a West Point graduate who served for a little over a decade as an officer in the U.S. Army. Mr. Crawford was a Ranger, paratrooper, and Jumpmaster who was deployed for the Gulf War in 1990. Upon returning home, he initially worked in construction, and then real estate while substitute teaching. He has served a brief stint in the N.C. House of Representatives and been Administrator of the Swannanoa Valley Medical Center. 

Mr. Crawford likes to keep it simple when it comes to his hobbies: reading and chess. 

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 competed in the 2018 and 2019 Small School National Championship Tournament in Chicago, both of which were 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.

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. 

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. 

Olga Mahoney takes immense pride in teaching Greenies to give back as Christ School's Director of Service Learning.

Mrs. Mahoney coordinates community service opportunities for the boys in the Asheville area and enjoys working alongside them. She was Christ School's Teacher of the Year for the 2017-18 school year and is an instructor in AP World History, Ethics, and Public Speaking.

Mrs. Mahoney earned both her bachelors degree in Russian Language and a masters in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University. Furthermore, she also holds a masters degree in Education from Harvard University. For 11 years, Mrs. Mahoney served in several teaching and administrative roles at Milton Academy in Milton, Mass. Before that, she worked as an intern at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and as a research assistant for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Mrs. Mahoney and her husband, Kevin, have two children, Michael '20 and Alexandra. 

Watch the Faculty Spotlight on Olga Mahoney

 

James Uhler, a two-time Christ School Teacher of the Year (2004 and 2017), believes so much in the school’s mission that he is willing to put his words into action.

In the past, Mr. Uhler has shown students firsthand the dignity of hard work through the summer crew.

Mr. Uhler provides education and encouragement to the youngest Greenies as our Eighth Grade Coordinator. He is also a History instructor and a house parent in Young House. 

Mr. Uhler, who has been at Christ School since 2002, won the P.H. Broyhill Teacher Award in 2013. He was twice selected to the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers list in 1998 and 2005. Mr. Uhler has served as a Consultant and Reader for the College Board for the AP U.S. History Exam in the past, chaired the History Department, and been a Greenies baseball and swimming coach. He is the Chair of the Board of Education at Asheville Catholic School, where his children attend. 

Mr. Uhler earned a B.A. degree in History from Xavier University as a University Scholar in 1996. He went on to receive a M.A. in History from Ohio University five years later. Mr. Uhler and his wife, Becky, have two children, Stella and Colin.

Watch Mr. Uhler discuss 8th grade education at Christ School.