bRAINMAKER currently offers math classes, clubs, and tutoring only. However, we are pleased to have the opportunity to coordinate our schedules and share our facilities with several affiliated humanities instructors. Please note: Each of the classes & programs below is run independently, so each has its own registration process. 

AP US Government & Politics: $350/semester 

Tuesday 10:00-11:45; 9th-12th graders

AP U.S. Government and Politics provides a college level, non-partisan introduction to key political concepts, ideas, institutions, policies, roles, and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the United States. We will study U.S. foundational documents, Supreme Court decisions, and other texts to gain understanding of political institutions and processes. Students will read and interpret data, make comparisons and applications, and develop evidence-based arguments. In addition, students will complete a political science research project. We will prepare for the AP exam given in May of 2021.

AP English Language & Composition: $350/semester 

Tuesday 12:15-2:00; 9th-12th graders

This two-semester advanced high school class will focus on development of essay writing skills and preparation for the AP test administered in May of 2021. We will be both analyzing and writing primarily non-fiction prose. Students will learn to identify rhetorical techniques used by writers and how to effectively use these techniques in their own writing. In this process, we will cover essential grammar and punctuation points, the concepts of tone and mood, hone in-text citation skills, and broaden vocabulary.

Class Registration: Complete registration form & email to Cybele at


Cybele Hetherington

Acting & Theatre: $240/semester

6th-12th graders

This Drama class consists of fun warm-ups, acting exercises, and training in all things theatre-related. Fall semester we will expand our acting skills through improvisation and the rehearsal and performance of monologues and scene study.  Spring semester, students will get the experience of being in a One-Act play from Auditions to Performance!  In this positive and playful class, students will increase their self-discipline, focus and concentration and problem-solving skills, make new friends, and grow their confidence and performance skills.  If you have ever wanted to try Drama, this is the class for you! Each semester will be run for 16 weeks, $240 per semester.  Minimum: 6 students. Maximum: 14 students.

Exploring Middle School Literature: $240/semester

 6th-12th graders

This class is a rich and in-depth literature study designed to get students thinking deeply and critically. Drawing from Michael Clay Thompson's Four-Level Literature program, Center for Lit's "Teaching the Classics" Socratic Discussion techniques, Memoria Press's literature series and other sources, students will gain a deep understanding of the literature chosen. (We will study short stories and poems as well as Treasure Island, The Time Machine and Anne of Green Gables.) Class will also include lots of fun enrichment activities like designing a book jacket, creating edible models and cooking projects, Minecraft build challenges, art projects and more! Students will learn essential vocabulary terms, be quizzed on "mystery quotes," learn how to think creatively and critically about what they are reading, and participate in Socratic Discussions throughout the course of the year.

All About Shakespeare: $240/semester

6th-12th graders

This fun class is chock full of everything Shakespeare!  Students will read a Shakespearean play, learn the art of Swordfighting and Stage Combat, learn basic Acting skills and act out a Monologue or Sonnet, play Elizabethan games, do fun Arts and Crafts and Creative Writing projects, perform Shakespearean scenes and learn more than they ever wanted to know about “The Bard!”  A great class for both young ladies and gents! Minimum: 6 students. Maximum: 14 students.

Class Registration: Contact Chris directly at 828-508-1018 or

Biography: I am an NC Licensed K-12 Theatre Educator with over 20 years of experience in teaching, acting and directing.  I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Education from the University of South Florida, then moved to North Carolina where I taught Elementary, Middle and High School Drama.  I have experience in teaching in Arts Magnet Schools, in rescuing struggling programs and bringing them to excellence and in starting new Theatre Programs. I currently also teach at Biltmore Church and Elevate Life and Art, as well as do private coaching in Drama and Public Speaking.  I accept a limited number of students for Private Coaching.

Christina Noetzel

High School American Literature & Composition: $325/semester + $75 annual registration fee

Wednesday 9:00-10:45 (full) and 11:15-1:00; 9th-12th graders

In this class we'll read, discuss, and write about classic and modern American literature within its historical context. Students will read several larger works and a number of short stories, poems, and pieces of non-fiction. We'll use these works and as jumping off points to develop descriptive, narrative, expository, and persuasive writing skills. Students will need dependable internet access and the ability to print documents at home regularly. Work outside of class: 4-5 hours weekly. Fee: $325 per semester, in addition to the $75 annual registration fee 


Update 7/12/2020: In light of our current situation, my classes will meet online for the fall semester. I will most likely use Zoom as I did this past spring, but I'm investigating all options. I appreciate your patience as I explore the best way to teach at a distance.  I'm comfortable teaching online and confident that I can use this medium to continue to teach with excellence.


On your end, please plan for the following:

  • Students will need reliable internet access, a webcam, and a quiet place to conference. It would be best if they could join via computer instead of by cell phone. 

  • Students will need access to a reliable printer that can print multi-page texts on a regular basis

  • Students will need a Google account with an identifiable user name (in other words, I need to be able to tell which student goes with which account without thinking too hard about it). 

2020-2021 Booklist


They Say/I Say, Graff & Birkenstein, 3rd or 4th edition. The editions are very similar, so either will do. I'd recommend purchasing this used, as it's much less expensive. This is a great little composition book with the basics of rhetorical and academic writing. It's widely used at the college level but accessible.


Booklist (now final)

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

A Separate Peace, John Knowles

The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

Up from Slavery, Booker T. Washington


Summer Reading

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Kindle Edition) or paperback edition, Huckleberry Finn 

Cheaper by the Dozen, Frank B. Gilbreth & Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

See the class blog for summer assignment details here.  


  • This class is part of a three-year cycle I work through.  I'll teach British Literature & Composition in 2021/2022, and World Literature & Composition in 2022/2023.

  • Feel free to purchase any of these books used as long as the edition is unabridged. I prefer students have a physical copy of each book so that they can annotate. Roomier margins and a larger-size text makes for a better reading experience (8" X 5" as opposed to thrift editions with crowded text.) If you are able, please order all the books at the beginning of the year so they'll have them ready as needed.

Class Registration: Please complete the web form located here.

Biography: If you would like more information about this class, me, or my teaching style, please visit my blog.

Elizabeth Price

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