By Regina Sears
With the start of the 2020-2021 school year, ICSU was blessed with new additions of teachers that helped brighten the school atmosphere. One of them is Miss Emily Snow, who teaches 4th and 5th grade ELA and History. She also is involved in K-pop Club and will also be joining the basketball club this winter. Born and raised in Holyoke in western Massachusetts, moving to Korea created many changes in her life.
When asked to briefly introduce herself, Miss Snow said, “Hello! I’m Ms. Snow. I am 29 years old, soon to be 30! I live with Ms. Troyer, and she was very kind to let me adopt two kittens.” She also mentions how she has a very serious sweet tooth, “Chocolate and cookies are my downfalls.” Besides kittens and food, she enjoys reading, drawing, and painting as her hobbies.
Some of Miss Snow’s friends back home– going away party
Miss Snow and her Family
As for her family, she has one older brother, who, according to Miss Snow, is older than a lot of her students’ parents, which she thinks is kind of funny. She also has an older sister, Nicole, and a younger sister, Maggie, who is only a year and a half younger than Miss Snow. In the interview, she also mentions her two nephews, one who is 14 and the other turning 16, and also a niece who is ten years old but “acts like she is 18 sometimes.” My family is absolutely crazy but I love them,” says the new teacher.
Despite having the choice to go anywhere in the world, Miss Snow chose to come to Korea due to God’s constant calling to her. “To be honest, I’ve dreamed of going to live in Germany. A little over a year ago, I felt like God was putting on my heart to pray about teaching overseas, so I did,” She continues to explain why she came to Korea: “I really didn’t know much about Korea or care that much until a friend introduced me to Kpop. Yes, I get judged a lot for that, but that’s okay because that’s what sparked my interest in Korea and the Korean culture.” According to Miss Snow, an image of the Korean flag came to mind while she was talking to her friend. With connections through her church, she found NICS and became part of the ICSU staff.
Before coming to ICSU, Miss Snow taught for five years in the U.S. For her first three years, she taught both first and fourth grade at a Jewish private school. Although she wasn’t able to share her faith with the students, she learned so much about Judaism and the Jewish culture. During her fourth and fifth years, she worked at a public school where many of my students were Muslim and she taught English to third, fourth, and fifth graders. Miss Snow is happy to finally have come to teach at ICSU, “I really love that I’m finally teaching at a Christian school. I enjoy teaching the Bible and having good conversations with my students about faith.”
Miss Snow and her sister Maggie at Comic-Con in Boston, MA (she went as Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy)
Apart from her teaching journey, Miss Snow has many hobbies and interests, some of which are surprising and unexpected, according to herself. “I have been a Lord of the Rings fan since I was in middle school and it still remains my all-time favorite movie. Yes, I always cry at the very last ending.” In addition to being a LOTR fan, she adds on how her interests in learning Korean have spiked recently. “I’m learning Korean and I’m not very good at it, so please don’t find me and quiz me!” Another interesting fact about Miss Snow is that she also likes to go to Disney World. “I absolutely love Disney World (not Disneyland, there is a difference!). I have probably been to Disney World in Florida (USA) about 10 times in my life. It’s one of my favorite places in the world–it truly is magical!”
Despite it being her first year at ICSU, Miss Snow is enjoying her experience. “This is my first time living in a foreign country! It’s exciting and terrifying all at the same time. I’m thankful for the great community here at ICSU. The people at ICSU have been very supportive as I have adjusted to living in a new country.” She continues, “I do miss my family and friends but I know God wants me here in Korea, so I want to be wherever He wants me! I want to see all of what Korea has to offer before I consider moving back to the United States.”
When asked how she wants to conclude her interview, Miss Snow wanted to share a verse that will be advice for the younger generation. “Be kind to others. I know it’s so simple, but a little kindness goes a long way. You really don’t know what is going on in someone’s life that makes them act the way that they do. If we could all be a little more compassionate and understanding, I think it could make a difference.” 1 Peter 4:8 mentions, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”