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PUC alumna Dr. Carlyn Ferrari (English, writing emphasis B.A. ’06) wrote a book titled, Do Not Separate Her From Her Garden: Anne Spencer’s Ecopoetics, where she shows how Anne Spencer used nature symbolism in radical and innovative ways to express her Black womanhood, politics, and worldview. Being drawn to her poetry and fascination with Anne Spencer’s life, Dr. Ferrari saw no books about her in print- so she wanted to write one.
I decided to go into English because my main goal is to become a teacher. Since coming to PUC, I have been welcomed, challenged, and pushed to be a better student. The department is so welcoming and is made up of some of the kindest and most genuine people I know. We’re all close and I know I can always turn to someone and get help or a positive interaction.
- Katie Williams
June 9, 2023
The department of English at Pacific Union College held its first annual Emerging Voices of the Pacific Union essay contest. The contest began on March 12 to high school students from Seventh-day Adventist academies or junior academies in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah.
Since leaving PUC, I’ve been volunteering, interning, and now I am working as the Youth Programs Developer at the San Jose Children’s Museum. During my time in the M.A. program, I was president of my program’s professional student association and helped in planning, curating, building, and opening SFSU’s new museum space, The Global Museum, on campus.
Midori Yoshimura, who graduated from PUC in 2012, never knew her English and Spanish double major would take her to where she is now: working as a digital media associate in the communications office at Stanford University.
Liz Rivera, who graduated from the department of English in 2008, is the writer behind the abridged children’s version of Disney’s Coco and the Youtube Premium show Me and My Grandma. As a successful freelance TV writer and aspiring TV show creator, Rivera shares that her journey took a lot of trial and error.
We sat down (via email) to ask PUC alumnus, Laura Helms, about her post-undergrad experiences. Laura Helms is a high school English teacher at Mountain View Academy.
We sat down (via email) to ask PUC alumnus, Britney Daniel, about her post-undergrad experiences. Britney Daniel is now a seventh grade English teacher at a public school.
A 2009 alumnus of PUC, Andrea Rivas Perry has a passion for teaching. After graduating, she earned her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and taught at Hinsdale Adventist Academy in Illinois for a few years. She then moved to the West Coast and now teaches six classes at Central Valley Christian Academy, and as a previous elementary school teacher and current high school teacher, Perry says that teaching gives her life purpose.
I took a year off and ended up teaching preschool (sort of by accident), then went to law school at University of Oregon and graduated last May. Since October, I’ve been working in Coos County, Oregon, as a deputy district attorney. This was always my ultimate goal, and it has really been a dream come true.
I was a double major; I studied English with an emphasis in writing, and history with an emphasis in American history. So, lots of reading and writing! I mostly enjoyed being able to spend an afternoon reading, even if it was reading required books.