Mrs. Crys McFarland
Teaching has been a love ever since I was a little girl. My sisters and I frequently played school; I always had to be the teacher, of course. After I became a Christian before 8th grade, my passion turned to thoughts of teaching in a Christian school where I could challenge my students and myself to live out our faith. Dr. Lowrie and the board hired me during my senior year of college at Houghton and the following fall began my long journey with DC. I was initially hired as a German teacher and enjoyed teaching 7th through 12th graders. During the summers I traveled with students to Germany for a month - camping, hiking, youth hosteling, and visiting a mission- what fun!
My husband and I met and dated our first year together at DC (a difficult feat with snooping teenagers). We later had three children and I was able to stay home with them when they were young. After a nine year hiatus I returned to DC as a high school English teacher. Before children I received a Masters in German; after children a Masters in English literature.
Today as a high school English teacher, I enjoy asking probing questions and listening to students as they discuss literature and issues. Praying with my students and listening to their concerns is an important part of every school day. As a yearbook advisor I see the creative side of my students and enjoy a different type of atmosphere than in the normal classroom. Teaching German to the 6th graders adds yet another lively dimension to my life. I have felt blessed to be a part of the DC ministry. Watching students grow and develop has been most rewarding. The Lord has brought me to the best place for my life.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading, playing in an orchestra, traveling, spending time with our family.
B.A. Houghton College, M.A. Villanova University, M.A. Rosemont College