Mrs. Lisa Griest
As a Pennsylvania native, I have spent my entire life within a fifteen mile radius of DC. From my home base, Havertown, I commuted to West Chester University where I earned my degree in Secondary Education, specializing in English. I stayed there as a Graduate Assistant until completing my graduate degree in English Literature, after which I was immediately hired to teach at DC in 1984. Though I began with my main assignment teaching a few sections of Freshman and Junior English, it was common at DC to wear many, many hats, and, loving my job, I was pleased to do whatever I could. The variety also grew me in so many ways, both personally and professionally. When I married and had my first child, I left DC to be a stay-at-home mom for the next fourteen years. Even during this absence from DC, I remained involved through tutoring, judging for speech and writing contests, meeting various homeroom mom responsibilities, and serving on school committees. I was delighted when, in 2007, a part-time position opened in the English department, and I could pick up where I had left off way back in 1993. Since returning to DC, I have seen two of my three daughters graduate, while our youngest, Noelle, is still a student here.
Having come from a completely secular educational background, I found Christian education curiously mysterious when I began at DC in 1984, as a freshly manufactured college graduate. The English classroom renders numerous opportunities to confront ideas contrary to Christian truth; it is an appropriate place to come alongside the student as he develops his self-awareness and world view. Every piece of literature contains the chance for the reader to identify, dissect, analyze and challenge beliefs while developing and sharpening his own. To engage in this exercise without the anchor and foundation of Christian truth is to engage in an activity that can never come to a satisfying finish. I teach at a Christian school because I cannot teach ‘incompletely.’ I teach at DC because it values the exploration and encourages the questioning, in faith that truth will be the inevitable, complete and fulfilling finish.
Teaching and still having three girls at home does not allow for much in the way of hobbies, but I am always up for a trip to the art museum or Longwood Gardens. I love reading and drinking coffee (the two just go so well together), and lounging with my two poodles and Siberian cat. Our family enjoys long weekends away at either Ocean City, New Jersey or the Pocono Mountains. My husband and I especially enjoy our subscription to the Walnut Street Theater and our time of worship at our church, Calvary Chapel. We also spend a good amount of time at the Rocky Run YMCA, though I would choose sitting with a good book over sit-ups any day of the week.
B.S. West Chester University, M.A. West Chester University