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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.


  • 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


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 Jack Peterson, Director of Academic Resources if you have any questions: or (828) 684-6232 ext. 111

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Meet the Department

Wesley King P'27 was announced as Varsity Baseball Coach in 2020 and assists boys in the Learning Resource Department as well.

Mr. King has been involved in education since 2003 and has taught in North Carolina and South Carolina schools. After receiving a degree in Sports Management from Western Carolina University, he earned teaching certificates in Business and Physical Education from Winthrop University and Mars Hill University.

Coaching-wise, Mr. King has worked at the varsity level in North Carolina since 2004 and amassed 180 career wins as a head coach. He has mentored 37 college players.

Mr. King is married to Kelli and the couple have two sons, Sawyer '27 and Cason.

Boys involved with the track & field program were overjoyed to hear that assistant coach Elyse King is now a full-time member of the faculty.

Ms. King has developed a good rapport with Christ School’s athletes the past two years. She will continue to coach and provide support as part of the Learning Resources Department.

Ms. King graduated from Elon University in 2021 with a B.A. in Public Health and minor in Coaching. She qualified academically three straight years for the Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner’s List.  

Ms. King attended high school in the Asheville area at T.C. Roberson.

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. 


Dr. Jack Peterson quickly acclimated to Christ School as a mid-year hire during the 2022-23 academic year and is now ready to continue the excellence of the Learning Resources Department as its new director.

Dr. Peterson first came onboard as an LR instructor last spring. He describes himself as a creative, collaborative English teaching professional with strong administrative skills and a passion for student success in higher education.

He is the founder of Ao English, an online service that offers tutoring and editing. Dr. Peterson has previously been an instructor at five different colleges, most recently on a part-time basis at Durham Technical College in Durham, N.C. He was the Parish Administrator for Durham’s St. Titus’ Episcopal Church from 2021 to 2022.

After receiving his B.A. in English from Georgia’s Covenant College in 2002, Dr. Peterson studied at the University of Washington where he earned his master’s in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and then Indiana University Pennsylvania, where he received a PhD in Composition and Applied Linguistics.

Dr. Peterson was born in Ohio, but has also lived in Vietnam, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Indiana, Washington, and now North Carolina.

Dr. Peterson enjoys writing poetry in his free time and his work has been published. His wife’s name is Amy and they have two children.

Josh Schwartz bases his coaching philosophy around three E’s (effort, enthusiasm, and execution), which has allowed him to build an impressive resume in lacrosse.

Mr. Schwartz has worked at five different colleges, most recently rising to the rank of Associate Head Coach at Catawba College. Christ School lacrosse has been bolstered by his coaching expertise and Mr. Schwartz teaches in the Learning Resource Department.

He graduated from the University of Mount Olive with a B.S. degree in Exercise Science in 2014, then earned his master’s in College Athletics Administration from Coker College.

Mr. Schwartz lives on campus with his wife, Katie.