MRS. CARI EASTMAN
Mrs. Melinda Wood
Most enjoyable aspects of your teaching ministry: I love sharing with the students my passion for learning about other people, places, cultures, and ways of expressing and understanding things. Learning a language facilitates a beautiful means of discovery; we become aware of how much we have to learn from another and at the same time realize how much we are inherently alike. We learn that our own way of expressing, saying, or understanding things is not the only or even the best way. Instead, we begin to see the world from a different perspective - one rich with diversity and opportunity to learn from one another. I also love the personal connections that are formed through language learning. Making an effort to communicate in another language builds cultural bridges by recognizing the legitimacy and beauty of all God's people. Christ's love knows no language barriers. When we learn another language, we are making an attempt to recognize and love our neighbors as Christ loves them.
What are you most looking forward to about the upcoming school year? I most look forward to meeting and getting to know all the students, faculty and staff.
What are your hobbies? I am a writer, so reading and writing top the list. I also love biking adventures, hiking, singing and most things musical.
What is your favorite flavor of ice-cream? Hmmm.... French Silk Pie and Mint Chocolate Chip are tied for first...
What is your favorite Bible verse? Micah 6:8. "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."
Tells us about your college education. I graduated from Augustana University with degrees in Secondary Education/English and Modern Foreign Languages (Norwegian and Spanish). My master's degree, from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, is in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language. My Ph.D. is from the University of Colorado, Boulder in communication (with a focus on border and immigration issues).