By Gabrielle Ryan (originally published in PHC Herald 9/3/10)
Patrick Henry College
Dr. Doug Favelo
“There really isn’t anything better than being able to look back and see how God orchestrated your life to get you exactly where you are,” he said. “That’s the way it’s been with coming here to teach.”
In his first visit, Favelo was immediately won over by the students, administration, and fellow faculty.
He credits the beginning of his distinct preparation for PHC’s classroom to a homeschool family he met seven years ago. He describes himself as having had the same pervasive cynical attitude towards homeschoolers.
“When I was first approached by a homeschool mom to teach her children Latin, my first reaction was, ‘Oh isn’t that cute?’” he said. “Teaching those students completely changed my perception of homeschoolers.”
Since that first family, Favelo has tutored multiple families and has begun his own. Favelo and his wife Heather just celebrated their seventh anniversary and have two children. As a result of his teaching, he determined to go back to school to get his Ph.D. so that he could “teach them even better.”
After 10 years of teaching at CSU and being an adjunct at a local community college, he has experienced a variety of classrooms.
“I honestly have my dream classroom here,” he said. “Instead of the 110 students I used to have in one classroom, who may or may not have been engaged in the class, I have a much smaller number where literally everyone engages in the discussion.”
Students at PHC share the same excitement about him that he has for them. “When he was here in the spring and taught his trial Western Civ class, I really liked him,” sophomore, Abigail Wolking, said. “He makes ancient history fun.”
Favelo has come to PHC with a vision and with goals set ahead of him. One of his pet projects is to develop a program to help seniors interested in grad school prepare for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
“I want to be able to help students to ace the GRE,” he said. “It’s not about having a codebook, it’s about strategies.”
Passionate about using history to bring the Scripture to life, Favelo is racing full speed into his work as a full time faculty member.
“I want every class period to do something for God’s kingdom,” he said.
His main “hobby,” is his wife and two children: Noah and Abigail.
“They really keep me going each day,” he said. “My wife and I spent our anniversary in Costco because we didn’t know anyone who could watch the kids. But when there is this much love in a family, it doesn’t matter where you are.”
Favelo feels like he has found a home at PHC and is excited to settle into his position.
“Being able to teach here is giving me one more drive to get out of bed in the morning,” he said. “I love it here already and plan to stick around for a long time.”