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
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Calculus (pre-req Precalculus)
  • AP Statistics  (pre-req - Algebra II)
  • AP Calculus AB (pre-req Precalculus)
  • AP Calculus BC (pre-req Precalculus)

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 Won By Students:

2019: UNCA Programming contest - 7th place

2018: UNCA Programming contest - 7th place

2017: Honorable Mention National High School Modeling Contest
Honorable Mention National High School Modeling Contest 
8th place UNCA Programming competition 

2016: Meritorious award National High School Modeling Contest 
Honorable Mention: International High School Modeling Contest 

2015: AIMEE qualifier: Jerry Lu

News from the Mathematics Department

Meet the Faculty

Now in his seventh year at Christ School, Michael Amato teaches Advanced Functions, Pre-Calculus, Algebra II Honors, and Geometry. Outside of his duties with the Math Department, Mr. Amato coaches the Ski and Snowboard team.

Mr. Amato received a B.S. in Mathematics from UNC Asheville and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2009.

Mr. Amato played NCAA Division III soccer for the University of Scranton (Penn.) 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. He and his wife, Janna, have one daughter, Elise.

 

Teaching is in Jamie Auch’s blood, evidenced by his more than a decade of work at Christ School.  

Mr. Auch is a third-generation independent school teacher, a Math instructor, and assistant coach with Greenie athletic teams. 

Mr. Auch earned a B.A. in Art History and minor in Mathematics from Washington & Lee University (Va.), 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.

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. 

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.

Bryan Martin spent his childhood in the North Carolina mountains, affording him a local perspective in his 16 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.

Mike Mohney teaches Mathematics and works with Christ School's 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 in Salem County (N.J.). 

Mr. Mohney and his wife, Deidra, are parents to Chapin '23. 

Hamid Najafi prides himself on being a results-driven, innovative professional with an excellent track record, and will look to bring these qualities to Christ School as a Math and Science instructor. 

Mr. Najafi has taught locally as an adjunct professor at A-B Tech Community College and Blue Ridge Community College, where he won the 2019 Extra Mile Award. His professional experience in engineering and as a manager dates back to 1983. From 2002 to 2010, he worked as a real estate developer, overseeing the construction of one of the first all-inclusive executive office suites in the county. 

Mr. Najafi studied at Clemson University (MSEE), Piedmont Management Institute, and Midwestern State University. He and his wife Cindy just celebrated their 40th anniversary. They have two adult children, Dani and Christian.

Kevin O'Toole is only one year away from having two decades of teaching experience and became part of the Christ School Math Department in 2019. 

Mr. O'Toole studied at Loyola University (Md.), Portland's Concordia University, and received his certification as a math teacher from Central Washington University in 2010. In addition to his work in the classroom, Mr. O'Toole has been part of the Greenies' JV Football coaching staff. 

His hobbies include hiking, climbing, stand-up paddleboarding, and slacklining. Mr. O'Toole has a son, Seamus, and a daughter, Finnegan. 

Professional disc golf player Ken Tyburski can often be seen taking advantage of Christ School's 500-acre campus to hone his craft. 

He teaches Math at Christ School, is a house parent in Harris House, and has worked in single-gender education since 2006. 

Mr. 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 turned pro in disc golf in August 2014, and has since won more than two dozen competitions in the professional Masters (age 40 and over) league. When he’s not busy directing tournaments, teaching clinics, and volunteering at local events, Mr. Tyburski likes to hike and camp in the Asheville area.