Mr. Thom Houghton
A West Virginian by birth, I grew up in the diminutive community of Middlebourne, which boasts of fewer than one-thousand people and no stop lights! An active Boy Scout, I attained Eagle Scout just before my eighteenth birthday and, shortly thereafter, attended Marshall University in Huntington, WV, from 1981 to 1985, graduating with a B.A. in English. That fall, I accepted a position as high school English teacher at a small Christian school in Columbus. A year later, my wife Linda and I married and spent one year at another Christian school in ‘the buckeye state’ before heading south to Lynchburg, Va. There, I worked for eight years at Lynchburg Christian Academy and also earned an M.S. in English from Radford University. Then, in the fall of 1995, I accepted an offer to teach at DC. During my tenure, I've taught middle and high school English as well as electives in journalism and creative writing. Along the way, I've also managed to discover three of my favorite extracurricular pursuits: first, serving as advisor for our academic quizzing team (Hi-Q); second, coaching middle school softball and baseball; third, announcing our high school's football games.
Simply put, teaching is one of the few pursuits in life that brings me enduring joy and satisfaction. Three decades into this ‘career’ called education, I really can't envision wanting to expend my energies and efforts on anything else. Is it difficult? Yes. Is it frustrating? Occasionally. Are there other career options that I'd like to explore? No, not really.
‘But why,’ you may ask, ‘do you teach at a Christian school, specifically DC?’ That's an excellent question, to which I would offer the following answer: I teach at DC because the school affords me the freedom to maintain my intellectual integrity by remaining faithful to my Christian worldview--namely, that mankind is a pretty ornery lot, fallen and bereft of hope apart from the redeeming grace of our triune God. When regarded from this perspective, the rest--literature, writing, language--all emerge as a coherent whole to the believer. In a very real sense, I see my task as pointing students to the fingerprints of the Almighty, while recognizing that only the Holy Spirit can imbue their souls with true understanding of His person and purposes.
When I'm not preoccupied with teaching, I enjoy exploring the outdoors with my wife (and amateur ornithologist) Linda, going to dirt-track auto races (especially super late models), listening to The Great Courses on CD, playing softball and Fantasy Football, crafting puns for my students, and, last but not least, finding something worthwhile to write about on facebook.
B.A. Marshall University, M.A. Liberty University, M.S. Radford University