Investment & Outcomes

Palm Beach Atlantic University graduate Ethan Palmquist

Ethan Palmquist '12

Cross Cultural  / Intercultural Studies

Hometown: Crystal Lake, Illinois

Describe your current job role:

I am a family teacher at Mooseheart  (IL) Child City & School to at-risk and underprivileged youth from birth to age 18.  My wife and I live and work in a group home with nine girls aged 15 to 18 along with our two children and a co-worker. We teach the girls social skills and how to live independently after graduation, or possibly reuniting with their families. Every day, we handle doctor’s appointments, meals, teaching life skills and multiple other duties!

What professional experience(s) did you have prior to your current job role?

I was a substitute teacher in a charter school in West Palm Beach, Florida. 

What do you know now that you wish you had known about being a working professional?

It can be tough working with kids but it can be very rewarding. We have a very unique working environment and while we are professionals, we still make our kids feel at home and known that they are loved by their Mooseheart family.

"PBA really set us up for success for reaching out to a lost and broken world." 

How did PBA prepare you for the world of work?

PBA really set us up for success for reaching out to a lost and broken world. My worldview really expanded with Intercultural Studies and Ministry and Dr. Gerald Wright had a huge impact on me, I can’t thank him enough!

We were taught to listen to others and treat them as God’s precious creation, even if we did not share the same beliefs. We work with youth of many different religions or no religion at all and treat them with equal care and love.

What advice would you give to current PBA students and/or young alumni who are about to start their first professional full-time job?

Be ready for anything. The real world has a lot of hurt and it can be hard to cope with the suffering and trauma. Always lean on your faith and remember that no matter the circumstance, God is all powerful and can work all things for His good and glory. Life after PBA is tough because of how wonderful it is going to school there, but now you get the opportunity to share that feeling with others for the good of the Kingdom.

Have you been mentored by anyone in your professional field since entering the workforce? If so, what impact has that had on you?

I’ve been lucky enough to work at Mooseheart with my parents. They do the same job I do with my wife, Rebekah and we love having them right across the street! I missed them in college and now we can lean on them for mentorship, babysitting, prayers, whatever we need. It’s amazing. I don’t think we could have made it this far without them.

Spotlight posted in July 2018. For current updates from Ethan, find him on LinkedIn.

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