Teaching Staff









Andrew grew up in San Diego before venturing off to the University of Notre Dame to study Philosophy, Theology, and Literature in a Great Books Program. Upon graduation, he taught high school as a Mercy Corps volunteer on the Navajo Reservation, and then returned to school to get a PhD in Philosophy of Religion from Syracuse University. He worked as a Lecturer at Clemson University and an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Lees-McRae College in beautiful Boone, NC. While in Boone, he created the most ecologically progressive subdivision in the region and then went on to pursue an AMI Montessori Adolescent training.  Andrew’s uses academics as a vehicle for personal growth by the students:  “I am a life coach for adolescents, and school is the container for the project of developing human beings towards their potential.  Setting high academic standards comes easily because achievement in academia is ingrained in my bones. Beyond that objective, however, lies the realm of what really matters–life’s higher aims. My deeper purpose as a teacher will always be to awaken this pursuit of a beautiful life in my students. My best moments as a teacher involve helping students work through the issues that hold the keys to their development as stable, balanced, and fulfilled human beings.”


If you want to understand how Andrew thinks about hot button topics like race, gender, and religion, then read the articles on his website.  If you don’t want your child to be exposed to this kind of thinking, then Aspire High will not be a good fit.










Dr. Jonah Swann has been tutoring or teaching math in one capacity or another for over fifteen years. Following his math major at Davidson College, Dr. Swann went on to earn a MS in Mathematics at the University of Virginia.  He completed his PhD in Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College.  After a brief stint as a math professor in Philadelphia, Jonah moved back to the Asheville area and started working in the homeschool community.  When not sharing his love of math or homeschooling his own kids, Jonah enjoys gardening, playing soccer, hiking, and spending time in the woods.




Jenny Einzig teaches Physical Science, Earth

Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.  This 

woman can teach all of the sciences!





Jenny is one of five children and grew up in various locations in Louisiana. Her lifelong passion for animals and nature led her to LSU where she studied conservation biology and finished with a Master's in natural science. She moved to Asheville in 2012 and began teaching Natural Resource Conservation at Western Carolina University. After three years at WCU, Jenny decided it was time to take some time off to travel and embarked on a 6-month journey around the world. While traveling, she realized her love for education, so she decided to find a job that would let her do both. In the summer of 2017, Jenny got a position with Global Leadership Adventures (GLA), which took her to Costa Rica, where she welcomed 75 high schoolers for a summer of conservation work, jungle hikes, and surfing! In 2018, she was sent to her dream location – the Galapagos Islands! There, she and her team of teens did Galapagos tortoise habitat restoration, tree planting, and played lots of soccer! She's excited to bring her love for science and travel to the students of Aspire High and to instill curiosity in them as they learn to think critically and compassionately.

Dr. Jonah Swann teaches Math and Math Club, through his independent business bRainmakers, which provides high quality math opportunities for homeschool families in the Asheville area.

Dr. Andrew Saldino runs Aspire High and teaches Social Studies, English, Experiential Seminar, and Morning Yoga/Meditation.


for Andrew

"Andrew, You personally have given me such an incredible head start in the world. You’ve taught me how to look at the world in new ways and question what I’m seeing, how to be empathetic and concerned, and how to truly understand the things I believe in and fight for beyond just a blind conformity. The things you’ve taught me have made me into a better person academically, socially, and spiritually."

-Jonah, student from 2015-2017


"Excitement and passion are two of the most important things that capture an audience -- and Andrew Saldino has no problem with captivation. He is not only excited and passionate about his subject, but thoughtful, intuitive, and genuine. As a teacher Andrew is exceptional -- he pushes students academically, encourages free-thought and critical-thinking, and understands the balance between the academic self and the emotional self. He knows which role to take on in relation to the student he is working with, whether it be the firm and fair teacher, or the understanding mentor, or, most likely, both."

-Julia, student from 2015-17


"Andrew is the hardest working and most passionate teacher I have ever known. He worked incessantly building, designing, teaching, working with parents and community, and generally did everything that was necessary to make the nascent program a success. He commuted every weekend to Ashville and back to Roswell for Monday. He never missed a Monday.
All stakeholders liked and respected Andrew. The adolescents often confided in him and parents
asked for advice.  Our teachers enjoyed working with Andrew. He is a visionary with the ability to
bring a vision to life through his hard work, in logical and forward-thinking way.

-Patricia Craft-Heuer, Director or VIllage Montessori School in Roswell, GA

A gift from a student - 

Inspiring Words from the extraordinary educational mind of Maria Montessori, who is a deep source of inspiration for Asheville Alternative High:


"When the child was very small it was enough to call him by name for him
to turn around. Now we must appeal to his soul. To speak to him is not
enough for this; it is necessary to interest him. What he learns must be
interesting, must be fascinating. We must give him grandeur. To begin
with, let us present him with the world


"The chief symptom of adolescence is a state of expectation, a tendency towards creative work and a need for the strengthening of self-confidence."


"Education should therefore include the two forms of work, manual and intellectual, for the same person, and thus make it understood by practical experience that these two kinds complete each other and are equally essential to a civilized existence."


Maria Montessori, From Childhood to Adolescence


Thoughts on educating teenagers, from the powerful mind of Rudolf Steiner:

"When children come to the age of puberty, it is necessary to awaken within them an extraordinarily great interest in the world outside of themselves. Through the whole way in which they are educated, they must be led to look out into the world around them and into all its laws, its course, causes and effects, into men's intentions and goals — not only into human beings, but into everything, even into a piece of music, for instance. All this must be brought to them in such a way that it can resound on and on within them — so that questions about nature, about the cosmos and the entire world, about the human soul, questions of history — so that riddles arise in their youthful souls."

Rudolf Steiner, Education for Adolescents

A Personalized Educational Experience



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