Due to winter weather, Salem Academy will open at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. See our Winter Storm Update page for details.
Chris Royster is a native of the North Carolina Mountains. He earned a B.A. in history and political science from Mars Hill University, near Asheville, NC. During the spring semester of his junior year he served as a congressional intern in Washington, DC. In 1992 he earned a M.A. in American History from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. From 1992-1995 he was an assistant registrar at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, where he helped create the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, North Carolina Women’s History, and North Carolina Folk Life exhibits. From 1996-2010 Chris was a history teacher at Oak Ridge Military Academy, near Greensboro, NC. He taught US History, World History, Western Civilization, and a college-level US History survey course offered through the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He was the Chair of the History Department from 1997-2005; from 2005-2009 he was the Academic Dean at Oak Ridge. Chris joined the Salem Academy faculty in August 2010. At Salem he has taught AP US History, Honors Women’s Studies, Honors World Geography, Economics and Government, and US History. His wife, Tammy, is an elementary school teacher in the Davidson County public schools. In his free time, Chris enjoys visiting the mountains and beaches of the Carolinas, reading history and biography, watching classic Hollywood films, and playing with the family dogs, Pepper and Sage.