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Faculty/Staff Profile: Chrissy Joyner Cross

Molly Cox, Staff Writer

Sep. 10, 2013

Graduate comes back to university to teach

Chrissy Joyner Cross family
Chrissy Joyner Cross and her family.

Chrissy Joyner Cross, a resident of Lubbock since she was born, has recently joined the amazing faculty of Lubbock Christian University. Cross is an alumnus of LCU, having graduated with her bachelor''s degree in Biology in 2001 and she came back to teach at the university in August 2011 as the Majors Biology Lab instructor. She received her master's degree from LCU in Secondary Education in 2005 and is to defend her dissertation from Texas Tech University to receive her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction in February of 2014.

With as many accomplishments as Mrs. Cross has made in the last 12 years, she also was a teacher in the public school system. After LCU graduation she went to Ralls High School and taught Biology and was the middle school basketball and high school softball coach. (And no, she had no background in either sport, but picked it up surprisingly fast!) After leaving the Ralls school district she joined the (Lubbock ISD) Cavazos Middle School teaching team and taught there for two years and was on their staff as a tutor for four years after that. Her favorite job by far has been working with the students at LCU, however.

She says, "They have such a vibrance for life and learning."

She loves her job and hopes to continue working with her students for many years to come.

As well as being an accomplished educator, Chrissy is also a mother to four children. Cooper is seven, Kenndall is six, Clayton is four, and Karsyn is two. In her spare time, apart from teaching lab three afternoons a week, wrangling her sweet kids, hanging out with her husband, Brian, and being actively involved in her church home at South Plains Church of Christ, Chrissy loves to research education strategies to improve her teaching skills.

When asked what impression she hopes to leave on the world, Chrissy responded, "... that each individual can make their world a better place, they just have to put in the effort and heart."

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