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


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


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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


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


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.


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

Meet the Math Department

Michael Amato

Michael Amato

Titles: Instructor, Mathematics, Ski & Snowboard Team Coach
Degrees: 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.

Jamie Auch

Jamie Auch

Titles: Instructor, Mathematics, Coach, JV Lacrosse
Degrees: 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.

Beth Duhaime

Beth Duhaime

Titles: Instructor, Mathematics, Instructor, Yearbook
Degrees: 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.

Thom Flinders

Thom Flinders

Titles: Instructor, Mathematics
Degrees: B.S., Biology, University of Utah
M.S.E., Montana State University

Thom Flinders has been a boarding school teacher, coach, dorm parent, and advisor for the last thirteen years at Holderness School (NH). Mr. Flinders was the founding faculty for the Engineering Principles/STEM Class & Robotics Club, and he also served as the Director of Outdoor Education, each year leading 11-day winter Outback Excursions, a major component of Holderness’s leadership curriculum. No stranger to the wilderness, Mr. Flinders taught math in Alaska from 1999-2004, and before that, he commanded a wildland firefighter team in Utah.

Mr. Flinders received his Bachelor of Science Education from the University of Utah in 1999, majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry. While teaching at Holderness, Mr. Flinders earned a Master of Science Education from Montana State University in 2009. At Christ School, Mr. Flinders will be the head of Young House – joined by his wife, Jill, and their two boys, Holten, who is off to college, and Cannon – and Thom will teach AP Environmental Science and Algebra II.

Nancy Green

Nancy Green

Titles: Instructor, Math
Degrees: B.A., History, Austin Peay State University
M. Ed., Educational Leadership, Covenant College

Although new to Christ School, Ms. Green is an experienced educator, having served for more than a dozen years as a math and history instructor, advisor, dorm parent, and debate coach at another all-boys school, McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN. She was also a dorm parent and tutor at Chattanooga’s Baylor School for eight years.

At Christ School, Ms. Green teaches mathematics and economics and serves as head of Cuningham House.

For fun, Ms. Green daydreams about travel and decorating, and loves to cook and bake. She earned her real estate license when the last of her children went off to college, and she loves learning about investment property. In the summers, Ms. Green directs summer camps and teaches students the finer points of public speaking and debate.

Ms. Green is sure that her role as dorm mom will help make her “empty nest” and transition to Asheville so much easier. She says that her three children, Jack, Sarah Jane, and Tommy, are the light of her life.

Leigh Harris

Leigh Harris

Titles: Instructor, Mathematics
Degrees: B.S., Education, Western Carolina University

Leigh Harris teaches Honors Geometry, Algebra II, and Statistics, and works in the Outdoor Program. While at Christ School he has received the Brevard Mentor Teacher award three times, the school's Teacher of the Year Award and the Wal-mart Teacher of the Year award.

Bryan Martin

Bryan Martin

Titles: Mathematics Department Chair, Asst. Director of Curriculum & Academics
Degrees: 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. He manages the school’s relationship with tech support company Electronic Office. 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.

Michael Mohney

Michael Mohney

Titles: Instructor, Mathematics
Degrees: 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.

Ken Tyburski

Ken Tyburski

Titles: Instructor, Mathematics
Degrees: 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.