Alumni Spotlight: Emily De Boer
Class of 2014
From Central Midwest to Central America
by Sarah Brouwer ’13
In 2010, Emily De Boer ’14 chose to leave the Midwest town of Beecher, IL, to get a liberal arts education on the West Coast. She says it wasn’t easy leaving family and friends to study in Southern California, but she decided to attend Providence Christian College because of its biblically foundational education and its commitment to critically engage the culture of Los Angeles. As a student, Emily specifically remembers her Avodah trips, where she traveled to Mexico and Israel and was able to gain a better understanding of the different cultures in the world, breaking her assumptions of different cultural stereotypes. She says these experiences, along with her rigorous academic schedule, challenged her to think critically and gave her a love for learning.
Although Emily has always felt she wanted to be a teacher, her time at Providence affirmed her desire to share her love of learning with young students. That love and care for students has led her to Honduras, where she is finishing up her first year at Abundant Life Christian Schools. Emily says that during the application process with Abundant Life, the administration was impressed with her Christian philosophy of education as well as the opportunities of cross-cultural learning she had experienced at Providence Christian College.
Because of the wide range of classes students take within the liberal arts program and the opportunities to engage the city and culture of Los Angeles, alums like Emily are well-prepared to face situations that may take them out of their comfort zones.
Emily has this to say regarding her experience in Honduras so far: “Every teacher says this, but there is only so much one can do to prepare you for the reality of daily life in a classroom. Student teaching and other practicum opportunities allowed me an inside look at the nitty-gritty details of teaching. Additionally, my classes and professors really helped me to develop a Christian perspective on teaching, something that transcends differences in the cultures of classrooms and has given me a framework to try to adapt my teaching to Honduran students.”