The number one thing that prepared me is the interdisciplinary focus. I teach kindergarten and especially at the early childhood level showing students how everything is connected is really, really important.
With a passion for teaching as well as travel, Laura Edwards found exactly what she needed after graduating from USAO in 2008.
Upon earning her degree in early childhood education, she began looking for a job and stumbled on one in an unlikely place.
“I had my degree in early childhood education. I knew I could teach wherever I wanted, and I wanted to do something different,” she explained.
Edwards found herself teaching kindergarten in Guatemala, where she met her husband, Jonathan Edwards, a middle school teacher at the same institution.
After marrying, the two moved to South Korea to teach at the Pyeongtaek International Christian School. The program she works for includes 21 schools in 16 countries and comes with an extensive hiring process before being accepted as a teacher.
Edwards says it was the interdisciplinary studies background she acquired at USAO that best equipped her to teach.
“The number one thing that prepared me is the interdisciplinary focus,” she said. “I teach kindergarten and especially at the early childhood level showing students how everything is connected is really, really important.”
When she and her husband visited USAO in the summer of 2013 — five years after she graduated — she said Jonathan Edwards was surprised by how welcomed they felt and that the faculty members remembered her.
“He said it’s a nice, family atmosphere,” Edwards said. “It’s been really great coming back.”