Learning Resource Center

The Learning Resource Program offers academic support in small-group classes. The Program’s goal is to help capable students overcome individual differences and develop the strategies necessary to meet with confidence the academic challenges of the Christ School curriculum. Integral to this support system is the student’s willingness to be a productive, successful student, open to the techniques and strategies presented within the context of the program.

Goals:

  • To develop time-management techniques and organization skills
  • To master and internalize study strategies and study techniques
  • To identify individual academic strengths and weaknesses
  • To use those strengths to overcome relative weaknesses and help students reach their academic potential
  • To assist in setting measurable goals

Course Outline:

Organization, Goal Setting, Time Management, Note Taking, MLA Formatting, Outlining, Highlighting, Essay Writing, Study Skills, Test Preparation, Communication Skills, Motivation and Confidence Building

Evening Study Halls

In-Room Study Hall: For the disciplined student, evening studying takes place in the dorms. This two-hour time, scheduled for each evening (Sunday – Thursday) and proctored by a Houseparent and a senior leader, is time for homework completion, reading and studying. Quiet time is observed.

Evening Classroom Study Hall-S (ECSH-S): Under the direction of the Director of Learning and Support, proctors are available to help students (limited number per classroom) maintain focus and productivity during the evening study period (Sunday – Thursday). Proctors oversee student organization, prioritization, and assignment management.

Please email or call Tina Evans, Director of Learning and Support if you have any questions:

tevans@christschool.org or (828) 684-6232 ext. 111

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Meet the Learning Resources Department

Aly Bolton

Aly Bolton

Titles: Instructor, Learning Resources
Degrees: B.A., English and Literature
M.L.I.S., Library and Information Studies
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Biography:

Fresh off receiving her Master's degree, Aly Bolton is a new member of the Learning Resources Department.

Ms. Bolton got her undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature from Sewanee: The University of the South, where she rowed for the crew team, served as president of the Perpetual Motion Dance Organization, and was a writing tutor. During this time, she also studied abroad at Oxford University. Ms. Bolton made the Dean’s List every semester following her first, and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Order of the Gown honor societies. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors and presented her academic work in English at three separate conferences in the Southeast.

After college, Ms. Bolton was recruited by Teach for America, a national service corps of young professionals who commit to teaching for two years in under-resourced public schools. Ms. Bolton taught English as a Second Language for two years at Albemarle Road Elementary School in Charlotte and was most recently Media Specialist for John W. Dillard Elementary School in Madison, N.C. There, she coached the Battle of the Books team and taught information skills.

Ms. Bolton graduated in May from UNC Greensboro with a Masters in Library and Information (MLIS), with a concentration in K-12 school libraries. In her free time, Ms. Bolton enjoys hiking, reading, tea, CrossFit, and spending time with her cats, Chuck Norris and Luna.

Tina Evans

Tina Evans

Titles: Director of Learning & Support
Degrees: B.S., Business
M.A.T., English
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Always ready for her next adventure, Tina Evans is excited to become a Greenie and helm the Learning Resources Department. Before joining Christ School, Mrs. Evans was a founding teacher of Buncombe County’s first public STEM high school (Nesbitt Discovery Academy), where she was chosen as the school’s 2016 Teacher of the Year. Before that, Mrs. Evans lived abroad in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where she was the director of a writing center and taught English at an International Baccalaureate school. Her overseas adventure came after a decade at Carolina Day’s Key School in which Mrs. Evans served as the Admissions Director and as a teacher working with students with learning differences. Mrs. Evans has been a teacher-trainer in the Orton-Gillingham approach to language.

Along with her husband Bill and their children Zachary and Mariah, Mrs. Evans enjoys exploring new places, hiking, gardening, and learning how to play the didgeridoo.
Ryan Herrmann

Ryan Herrmann

Titles: Instructor, Learning Resources
Degrees: B.S., Physical Education
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Former college lacrosse player Ryan Hermann is not only a new addition to the coaching staff of Christ School’s two-time defending state championship program, he is also a first-year teacher in the Learning Resources Department and a dorm parent.

Mr. Herrmann got his undergraduate degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Health and Wellness from Mars Hill University. While at Mars Hill, he was a member of the Lions’ lacrosse program.

After college, Mr. Herrmann moved to West Virginia and taught at the Charleston Montessori School. He also worked at the Charleston Family YMCA, CrossFit W.V., and Quantum Sports Center. He then returned to Mars Hill, where Hermann was an assistant lacrosse coach for four years.

Mr. Herrmann is excited to be a member of the Learning Resources Department as well as a dorm parent for Harris House. In his free time, Mr. Herrmann enjoys woodworking, doing yard work, playing sports, and hanging out with his dog, Kota.

Dale Sparacino

Dale Sparacino

Titles: Instructor, Learning Resources, Testing Coordinator
Degrees: B.A., Special Education
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Dale Harris Sparacino is one of the longest-tenured faculty members at Christ School. She uses her 26 years of experience to aid the Learning Resource Program and teach the Test Prep Class. She was part of the first year for the Learning Resource Program and is its former director. She will oversee the student Lectors for the Chapel program this school year.

Mrs. Sparacino earned a 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.