Cristy Schlientz started working with the Teaching-Family Model in 1977 at Father Flanagan's Boys Town, Boys Town, NE. Boys Town was the first residential institution to implement the Teaching-Family Model. Cristy was working with the model during its developmental process. Since the model was new to campus settings, many of the Teaching-Family Association Founding Fathers worked at Boys Town during this same time to help implement the Teaching-Family Model. Because of this, Cristy worked directly with the Founding Fathers and was able to learn the model starting with the early implementation days.