December 11, 2019
Faculty Profile: Dick Clancy
What motivated you to become a teacher?
I am from a family of teachers – my Mom being one. She inspired me and wanted me to consider a career as a teacher right out of college. However it was not until after I spent 23 years in the business world that I transitioned to teaching. I wanted to do something special for Jesus Christ.
What are your favorite moments with students?
I enjoy moving around the classroom during periods of group work, talking to the students and helping them. It is such a thrill to help them grow in confidence as they realize they can do it! In addition, my wife and I have attended many weddings of former students, and these times are so special! It is great to see my students doing well and reaching their goals!
What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?
Look to the Lord – first – in every aspect of the class. Ask Him for guidance on how to learn, how to plan, and how to study. He will show you the way and help you get the most out of the class – it is extremely satisfying!
Why are you passionate about the subject(s) that you teach?
I love the structure and order of science. Our God is a God of order, and you can see His design in His creation. Studying science is a terrific way to deepen your faith in the Lord!
What advice do you have for parents considering Christian education?
I pray that parents will see that Christian education is an investment in the future of their sons and daughters – one that will pay dividends for many years to come!
What was your favorite book as a child?
Behind Closed Doors, by Bob Woolf
Favorite book as an adult?
An Army at Dawn, by Rick Atkinson
At Wheaton Academy, we believe that students grow to become like their teachers (Luke 6:40)—that’s why it’s so important that 100% of our faculty, coaches, and staff are empowered to speak Biblical truth to our students.