Mathematics


We believe the core of a strong mathematics curriculum stems from students being able to accomplish the following 5 principles:

Problem Solving:

  • Build new mathematical knowledge through problem solving
  • Solve problems in mathematics and other disciplines.
  • Learn a wide variety of problem solving techniques. Students can reflect on the process

Reasoning:

  • Recognize reasoning as a fundamental aspect of mathematics
  • Make and investigate mathematical conjectures
  • Develop and evaluate mathematical arguments and proofs

Communication:

  • Communicate their mathematical thinking coherently to peers, teachers, and others
  • Use the language of mathematics to express ideas precisely
  • Analyze and evaluate the mathematical thinking and strategy of others

Connections:

  • Understand how mathematical ideas interconnect and build on one another to produce a content whole.
  • Recognize and can apply mathematics in contexts outside of mathematics.

Representation

  • Create and use representations to organize, record, and communicate mathematical ideas
  • Select, apply, and translate among mathematical representations to solve problems
  • Use representations to model and interpret physical, social, and mathematical phenomena

CURRICULUM

All Christ School students are required to complete 4 years of mathematics. The core offerings of the mathematics department that all students complete are:

  • Algebra I (regular or honors)
  • Geometry (regular or honors)
  • Algebra II (regular or honors)

After completing this core, students continue their mathematics studies by selecting at least 1 of the following.

  • PreCalculus (regular or honors)
  • Advanced Functions and Models
  • Statistics
  • Calculus

For our most advanced students we also offer:

  • AP Statistics
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC

We also offer the following semester courses for students who wish to further their mathematical studies beyond the typical high school curriculum:

  • Differential Equations
  • Linear Algebra
  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Graph Theory

In addition, we also offer the following elective courses in Computer Science

  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP Computer Science

COMPETITIONS

Christ School’s mathematics department also encourages students to participate in mathematics and computer science competitions. The National High School Modeling Contest is offered in the Fall and the AMC is offered in the Spring for students each year.

Awards:

2017: Honorable Mention National High School Modeling Contest (Coleman Davis, Drew Hamilton, Bronson Gatts, Benet David)

Honorable Mention National High School Modeling Contest (Jake Johnson, Zach Pulsfier, Jacob Kang, Beau Simmons)

8th place UNCA Programming competition (Jacob Kang, Jake Johnson, Zach Pulsfier)

2016: Meritorious award National High School Modeling Contest (Kiffen Loomis, Coleman Davis, Drew Hamilton, Bronson Gatts)

Honorable Mention: International High School Modeling Contest (Kiffen Loomis, Coleman Davis, Bronson Gatts, Drew Hamilton)

2015: AIMEE qualifier: Jerry Lu

News from the Mathematics Department

Meet the Faculty

B.S., Mathematics UNC-Asheville

Michael Amato enters his fifth year at Christ School as an Instructor of Advanced Functions and Pre-Calculus. Outside the classroom, Mr. Amato is the Head Coach for the Ski and Snowboard team and an assists with Strength and Weight Training.

Mr. Amato played NCAA Division III soccer for the University of Scranton for three years, and stays active in the sport with an adult league in Asheville. Other leisurely pursuits for Mr. Amato include mountain biking and recreational hiking.

Mr. Amato received a B.S. in Mathematics from UNC Asheville and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2009. He and his wife, Janna, have one daughter, Elise.

B.A., Art History Washington and Lee University

Going on a decade at Christ School, teaching is in Jamie Auch’s blood. He is a third-generation independent school teacher and Math Instructor at Christ School. Outside the classroom, Mr. Auch is a member of the JV Lacrosse team’s coaching staff and formerly worked with the Greenies Football and Wrestling teams.

Mr. Auch received a B.A. in Art History from and minor in Mathematics from Washington & Lee University, making him the product of a single-sex education from middle school through college.

In his free time, Mr. Auch likes to camp, bike and kayak. He is also a big fan of vintage Volkswagen vehicles. Mr. Auch and his wife Christina have two daughters, Casey and Emma.

B.S., Business Northeastern University

B.A., Manufacturing Engineering NHTI

Beth Duhaime came to Christ School in 2015 and is a member of the Mathematics Department, where she teaches Pre-Algebra and Algebra. She also teaches Publication and Design, where she guides students in the creation of the Angelus, the school yearbook.

Beth graduated from Northeastern University in 1987 with a B.S. in Business; she earned her B.A. in Manufacturing Engineering from NH Technical Institute in 1997. Mrs. Duhaime’s pastimes include walking the family dog, Bella, kayaking small lakes and ponds, boating at nearby Lake James, traveling the world, and designing and sewing handbags from recycled animal feed bags.

Prior to coming to Christ School, Mrs. Duhaime taught at three schools in New Hampshire: Bishop Brady, Bow, and Brewster Academy.

B.A., Mathematics Western Carolina University

M.S., Applied Math Western Carolina University

Bryan Martin grew up in the North Carolina mountains, allowing him a local perspective in his 13 years at Christ School. Mr. Martin chairs the Mathematics Department and assists in providing technology support to fellow teachers. Mr. Martin has overseen the reaccreditation efforts for the last decade with SAIS/AdvancedEd (SACS). Mr. Martin’s coaching experience at Christ School includes basketball, intramurals, and racquetball.

Mr. Martin earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Western Carolina University in 1997, and then received an M.S. in Applied Mathematics from WCU in 1999.

Mr. Martin reads fiction and is up for playing any type of game in his spare time. He and his wife, Olivia, have one daughter, Anna.

B.S., Engineering Grove City College

M.Ed., Math and Physics Edinboro University of PA

Mike Mohney teaches mathematics and works with the Outdoor Program. Before his career in teaching, Mr. Mohney was a U.S. Navy officer specializing in nuclear power plants. Following the Navy, he worked as Engineering Manager for the Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Station (NJ). A former Noland Head of House, Mr. Mohney now serves as Head of Cuningham House.

B.S., Industrial Engineering Georgia Tech

Ken Tyburski graduated from Georgia Tech in 1999 with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering – Cooperative Plan (a designation for undergraduates who worked three semesters in a professional organization while attending school). Mr. Tyburski has worked in single-gender education as an upper-level Math teacher since 2006. At Christ School, Mr. Tyburski teaches Algebra II and Geometry and serves as a house parent in Harris House.

In the afternoons, our Disc Golf team will benefit from Mr. Tyburksi's leadership. An avid disc golfer himself, Mr. Tyburski turned pro in August 2014, and has since won 24 competitions in the professional Masters (age 40+) league. When he’s not busy directing tournaments, teaching clinics, and volunteering at local events, Mr. Tyburski hopes to take advantage of the ample hiking and camping opportunities around Asheville.