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 Department

Patrick Davis has been working in education for the past eight years and is entering his third year at Christ School with the Learning Resources Department. Prior to relocating to Asheville in early 2019 with his wife, Kristin, Mr. Davis taught and coached lacrosse in Boston. 

He received his B.A. in History from Clemson University in 2011 and his M.Ed from the American College of Education in 2016. Mr. Davis is the head coach of the Junior Varsity lacrosse team at Christ School and relishes his role in helping student athletes reach the next level of the sport. Beyond Christ School, Mr. Davis enjoys cooking, reading, and watching Clemson football. 

Patrick and his family reside in Arden with their dog, Maizey. 

Now in her 16th year of teaching, Julia DeLaney has added valued experience and knowledge to the Learning Resource Department.

Mrs. DeLaney is originally from Statesville, N.C. She received a degree in history and secondary education from Appalachian State University, where she met her husband, Glenn.

Mrs. Delaney began her career in the North Carolina public school system, teaching middle school Social Studies, Science, and English, and then spent five years teaching 6th grade U.S. History at Ravenscroft School, an independent day school in Raleigh. When she and her husband moved to Vermont Academy, Mrs. DeLaney taught History and Learning Resources, coached girls soccer, served as a dorm parent, and supervised the winter recreation ski program. After four years in Vermont, she moved back to North Carolina when her husband became director of the Outdoor Academy in Pisgah Forest.

Mrs. DeLaney enjoys traveling, and has skied on three different continents, with a goal to add two more in the next few years. She and her husband have a son, Elem, and a “crotchety” border collie, Meg.

Tina Evans brought a deep background in teaching and administrative work when she became Chair of the Learning Resource Department in 2018. 

Early in her career, Mrs. Evans served as Admissions Director of Carolina Day School’s Key School, in addition to teaching students with learning differences at the school. From there, she moved overseas to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to teach English and direct a writing center at an international baccalaureate school. Most recently, she was a founding teacher of Buncombe County’s first public STEM high school, Nesbitt Discovery Academy. During her tenure there, she was chosen as the school’s 2016 Teacher of the Year. Included in Mrs. Evans’s impressive skills is a thorough understanding of 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.

Will Gordon started as a Learning Resource and English teacher at Christ School in 2020 with a stated goal to empower his students inside and outside the classroom. 

Mr. Gordon graduated from Clemson University in May 2020 with a B.A. in English and minors in Film and Sports Communication. Mr. Gordon interned for the Pearce Center for Professional Communication while at Clemson, fostering his love for positive and discussion-based learning.

Mr. Gordon has coached JV Soccer and Golf. He enjoys spending time with family and friends from his hometown of Boiling Springs, S.C., and one of his favorite things to do is catch a great dinner and horror movie with his girlfriend, Letty. 

Wyatt Long came on board as a Learning Resource/English instructor and assistant varsity lacrosse coach in 2020. 

Mr. Long graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English from Hartwick College in 2019. After that, he returned to his high school alma mater (Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J.) to work in communications and coach lacrosse.

Mr. Long enjoys fishing, kayaking, hiking, cooking, and cheering on Philadelphia sports teams. His dog, Goose, accompanies him on many of his outdoor adventures.

 

With 27 years of experience, Dale Sparacino is one of the longest-tenured faculty members at Christ School.

Mrs. Sparacino helped start the Learning Resource program at Christ School and continues to aid it as well as teach the Test Prep Class. She earned her 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.