Staff Spotlight: Emily Noblett
If you've ever volunteered, called the office, or emailed us you've probably come in contact with Emily. Emily has been with us longer then any other staff member - 7 years! During that time, she's worn many different hats including ESL Director, Volunteer Coordinator, and Office Manager. In order for you to get to know Emily better we asked her a few questions...
When did you start working for Su Casa and how did you hear about it?
I started at Su Casa in February of 2011. I heard about Su Casa several times previously, but had never been by. I had been praying for about a year about switching to vocational ministry when Su Casa came up again while talking to a mentor about my love for Spanish and Latin culture, so I went to check things out and ended up switching vocational fields completely and accepting a job as the ESL Program Director.
What do you love most about Su Casa?
My favorite part about Su Casa is its meshing of so many groups of people into one community. Between the staff, volunteers, and students there are so many countries, educational backgrounds, ages, occupations, personalities, and churches represented and it brings such richness to the community and so much love. I love being a part of that community!
What's one of your favorite memories from working here?
The first thing that comes to mind is getting to help one of our students study for the naturalization test and then being able to attend the citizenship ceremony and celebrate with her. I had never been to one of the ceremonies before and it was just so incredible to get to see everyone who was becoming a U.S. citizen and how excited they and their families were. I'm also still good friends with that student, which leads to my other favorite thing - the friendships and memories I've built with several people and their families over the years. We've become part of each other's lives.
What drove you to learn Spanish?
Early on it was just because I had a knack for it and enjoyed it. As I went through college, I just kept choosing Spanish as my elective because I enjoyed it and was beginning to realize that it came to me easier than a lot of my friends. That combined with my love for travel lead me to study abroad one semester in Costa Rica. Spanish was never my major and never something I expected to use occupationally. It was just something I enjoyed doing, and God ended up using it to equip me for my work with Su Casa.
What advice would you give to people who want to be involved in the Hispanic Community?
My biggest advice is just to do it. There are a million reasons to put off reaching out and getting involved. If you are feeling the tug to get involved, just take the first step and reach out to us or another organization. Once you're here, you'll become family.
Now that we know work Emily, what do you like to do when you're not working?
Anything outdoors or active - hiking, softball, disc golf, travel - and all preferably with my family and friends. Our son loves to be active and outside too, so he comes along for most of that!
If you were given a free plane ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Patagonia! I would love to go backpacking there.
What's your favorite Latin American dish?
Can I make a whole plate? Tamales, yuca, platanos maduros, and queso fresco.
Favorite Bible verse?
Ephesians 3:20 - 21, "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."
Here at Su Casa, we are extremely grateful to have Emily as part of our team! She is organized, hard working, caring, and optimistic among other things. Her heart for the Hispanic community is evident and her drive to always do the right thing makes her a valuable asset to our family.