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Careers and Alumni

Wondering what to do with your Spanish degree?

Student teachingStart by reading our alumni profiles below to explore the possibilities! Then, for help with your resume or getting a job or internship, check out the Career Development Office.


Alumnus Adam Bowen ('13) is an insurance adjuster at Farmers Insurance, assisting callers in both Spanish and English. Read more »

Alumna Alison De Rooy ('11) works as the Administrative Assistant for The Association for a More Just Society. Read more »

Alumna Laura Rakestraw ('07) is a computer software trainer working across the country. Read more »

Alumni Elise Ditta ('10) and Julia Riddell ('10) serve in Honduras and Costa Rica. Read more »

Alumna Leslie Harkema ('05) has a faculty position in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Yale University. Read more »

Alumna Julie Herrmann ('05) is a missionary with her church Vineyard North in Costa Rica. Read more »

Alumnus Tyler Petrini ('08) teaches Spanish at Howard High School in Maryland. Read more »

Alumna Brittany Roode ('11) teaches high school math at the International School of Tegucigalpa. Read more »
See more about Calvin's connections in Honduras »

For more news, read an issue of Huellas (.pdf), our alumni newsletter:


Wondering what to do with your Spanish degree?

Trying to figure out how to combine your Spanish degree with your vocation? Start by checking out what some of our alumni are doing.

Student teachingAlumnus Tyler Petrini ('08) teaches Spanish at Howard High School in Maryland. Read more >>

Alumnus Jordan Bruxvoort (‘06) works as a community organizer for the Michigan Organizing Project.

Alumni Joel and Lora Kleinsasser ('04) work in Nicaragua - Lora as the Latin American facilitator for Partners Worldwide and Joel as a teacher and coach at Nicaragua Christian Academy. Read more >>

Alumna Anita Zandstra ('99) works at Santa Cruz Christian Learning Center in Bolivia. Read more >>

Above: Elvis García ('13), Elena Brubaker ('13), and Martín Avila ('13) with former Mexican President Vicente Fox at the annual dinner of the Grand Rapids World Affairs Council on October 8th, 2012.

Teaching Resources

Check out our resources for Christian Spanish teachers to share ideas, suggestions, and lessons for integrating faith in the foreign language classroom.

Also see the Kuyers Institute for resources and projects about the relationship between faith and learning.

Check out this link for an interactive timeline featuring dates, activites, and videos about Cuban immigration to the U.S. Please be patient as it may take a little while to load!