By Conor Gaffney
Mrs. Daryl Crowley
The 2015-16 school year marks Mrs. Daryl Crowley’s third year as a member of Loyola High School’s Counseling Department.
Crowley began her career as an educator in 1986 as a fourth grade teacher at St. Martin of Tours School in Brentwood, Calif. In addition, she taught two years of sixth grade core subjects as well as second grade mathematics during her career at St. Martin.
Crowley, inspired by her parents, both of whom worked in public service–her mother as a teacher and her father as a police officer– began tutoring students with learning differences in 1986. She furthered her knowledge in educational therapy in 1988 when she commenced training to become a licensed educational therapist.
Crowley arrived at Loyola after a seven-year career at Notre Dame Academy, an all-girls high school in West Los Angeles, where she worked as an academic adviser and college counselor.
“I have always been a part of the educational world, and I like to do new things in education, so I started counseling with the idea of helping students with learning differences at Notre Dame Academy be more successful, and that morphed into college counseling and academic counseling,” Crowley said.
Crowley holds a master’s degree in educational therapy from California State University, Northridge, as well as a post-master’s certificate in educational therapy from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Crowley’s decision to pursue a career at Loyola was largely influenced by her family’s involvement with Loyola—her husband, brother and three sons are all Cubs.
“It was time for a change. I have always loved Loyola and wanted very much to be a part of this community. I was excited at the prospect of working with this particular counseling team, many of whom I had met or come to know, and I really respected them and thought it would be a wonderful opportunity for me to grow as a counselor working with them,” Crowley said.
Crowley works with 30 to 45 students from each grade level, and she says that her favorite part of the job is her interactions with all of her students, who, she says, are “the greatest group of kids.”
In addition to counseling, Crowley enjoys participating in volunteer work and community service. Crowley serves on the board for Verbum Dei High School. She serves on the leadership team of the Westside Thanksgiving Community Dinner and Celebration, an event that helps to feed and clothe homeless people on Thanksgiving.
When she is not working, Crowley enjoys to spend time with her family and friends, and she also enjoys walking on the beach or in her neighborhood.
Crowley continues to be humbled by her involvement with the Loyola community: “I love the Loyola community. I think we have amazing boys. I have amazing counselors with whom I work; the teachers here are spectacular. The administration and my boss, Mr. Jordan, are spectacular. Our office manager [Mrs.] Melinda Wiggins is phenomenal. I feel like I am so blessed to be here.”