Erin Knowles » Bio


Mrs. Erin Knowles graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BA in Spanish and International Studies in 2007.  While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she discovered an aptitude and passion for languages which led her to also study French, German, Russian and Portuguese, intending to work as an interpreter or translator.  However, her life and career plans were radically changed after spending time teaching English as a Second Language classes to Spanish-speaking children and adults, as well as assisting elementary through high school aged African refugees to improve their English language comprehension and literacy.

Returning to her native Wheaton, Illinois after graduating, Erin coached high school gymnastics, served as a personal chef, taught various children’s sports camps and volunteered with World Relief assisting refugee families as they started new lives in the United States.  After a brief vacation to The Bahamas in 2008, Erin felt God’s call to spend a year teaching kindergarten at a small Christian school in Nassau.  Not only did she meet her husband during that year, she also learned many valuable lessons about teaching (and herself) while living in a developing nation.

After teaching in The Bahamas, Erin served on the local team to plan and promote the Will Graham Celebration outreach event in Auburn, Alabama and worked for the Office of Information Technology at Auburn University.  For three years before joining GCA, Erin worked for Opportunity International, a Christian microfinance organization that provides loans and savings opportunities to people living in poverty in developing countries.

Erin has enjoyed joining the staff at Grace Christian Academy and teaching a subject that brings her great joy.  She looks forward to creating engaging lessons that encourage students to discover the Spanish language and culture and look for opportunities to use Spanish in their everyday lives.  Erin believes that language acquisition opens doors to explore the world in unique ways, allowing for a greater appreciation and understanding of a different culture, as well as the possibility to create a richer experience while traveling.  She sincerely hopes that her students will learn to enjoy Spanish as more than a class but as a practical tool they can take with them wherever they go.

Erin and her husband, Elliott, enjoy traveling, spending time outdoors and cooking together.  In her free time, Erin is usually in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes for her second cookbook or planning a day trip, road trip or extended vacation to a foreign country.  She is also an avid reader, amateur photographer and is learning graphic design.

Erin’s favorite verses are found in Ephesians 3:14-21 which remind her of the inexhaustible, abounding love of Jesus who can “accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think”.