For the past seven years, I’ve had the honor of working with some amazing people. Colleagues, parents, and of course the students have all contributed to making my time at HC the best job I’ve ever had. As Christin and I move to Alexandria, Virginia for me to attend seminary in order to become an Episcopal priest, it makes me glad to reflect back over my years at Houston Christian.
I taught for seven years at HC and loved it. After landing in the English department I quickly found the best job I’ve ever had in my life.
I tried to bring my college experience into the classroom, mostly in order to help students get ready for the realities that faced them that they couldn’t even imagine. And I hope I did well; it gratifies me to no end when I hear back from a former student that anything I had to offer in my classroom gave them some help when they got to college.
My own college experience was somewhat spotty. I really didn’t *get* how to do college until several attempts had failed. I jokingly say that I dropped out of as many schools in as many states as possible, but the reality doesn’t lie far from that fact. But once I was ready for all college could offer, I never looked back. I ended up with a BA in English (with Honors), minoring in Latin and Medieval Studies before taking my MA in Modernist British lit from Rice.
HC was my best job--and this had a lot to do with the leadership, with my excellent colleagues, and especially with the amazing parents and students. I admire so much their commitment and their willingness to learn, both academically and spiritually. It makes me glad to stay in touch with so many alums and even some of their families!
Favorite memories? I have too many to number here. But calling basketball games, falling in with volleyball, watching every single thing I could from Fine Arts, especially Bobby Linhart’s amazing work in the drama department--I can point to a hundred of these great memories. To name a few: Pippin, our sweet time with
Neil Kerrigan '16
(especially when Carlos Correa came to celebrate his birthday), breaking it down at the last practice with
Sahvir Wheeler '19
’s second state champion team (and watching them crush Episcopal the year before!), quiet conversations with my C. S. Lewis students such as
Emily Kaestner '16
Ryland Hennessey '16
Jayde Qualls '16
Stoetzer Gray '16
, and Camp Mustang after Camp Mustang--see? Too many to number!
But most of all I treasured the chance to pray with students, tell them about the love of God, to watch all of those future alumni begin to bloom and then find their way in college--these too have proven invaluable.
Of course I have a favorite class: 2016, my first graduates. Neil. J-Mac. Sweet
Melissa Wells '03
Courtney King '16
. Even the tussles with
Harrison Barton '16
Tre Buggs '16
that grew to great mutual respect. It still kills me to have missed graduation while teaching at the BRS school in China.
Of course they all come back in one way or another, and I think that HC grads uniquely find themselves prepared both for the challenges of college, and especially for leadership, wherever they find their paths leading them. And I’ve found it a huge blessing to continue having relationships with alums as they grow into adults. It pleases me beyond measure to call so many of them friends--and to have some of them call me by my first name after a few years have passed!
Many blessings to you all.
Kindly as ever, Andrew Lazo