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Alum bridges cultures through
By Katherine Hedland '88
Since Everett Lee ’87 graduated from
PLU, he has taught all over the globe. This time, he is in Saudi
Arabia teaching English to members of the Saudi National Guard.
Lee has been there since October, working for the Vinnell Corp.,
an American company that contracts with the Saudi government.
Lee has also taught English in China and Japan and was an ESL
teacher at Highline Community College in Burien, Wash. He enjoys
the traveling and opportunities for learn-ing that teaching abroad
“I enjoy acting as a bridge between
myself and other cultures,” he said.
Lee had worked with some Arab students
at Highline and wanted more exposure to their culture and beliefs.
“I had stereotypes about them that
turned out not to be true, and I wanted to go to a place where
I could get a better understanding,” he said.
While Lee lives on a compound with
Americans and other foreign nationals, he must abide by the strict
Muslim law of the land. That means there is no alcohol or talking
to women in public, and strict monitoring of any materials brought
into the country. He also stops teaching during the prayers Muslims
offer five times each day.
Lee will have time off to travel,
and Istanbul, Egypt and Lebanon are on his itinerary.
While contemplating his move, Lee
remembered a history of the Middle East course he took years ago
at PLU from Professor Ann Kelleher.
“It was one of my favorite classes,”
he said. “At the time it didn’t occur to me that I would ever
You can reach Everett at firstname.lastname@example.org