Hi! My name is Erika Kamp. I grew up in Holland, MI and had the privilege of being homeschooled all the way through grade 12. After graduating from Houghton College with a degree in Intercultural Studies and Linguistics, I spent 10 months in southern Ethiopia conducting language research on the Mosiye language which is spoken by 6,000 people. Later I used this research for my master's thesis. I graduated in 2017 with a Masters in Linguistics and Exegesis from the Canada Institute of Linguistics. Ethiopia continues to hold a special place in my heart, and Ethiopian cuisine remains one of my favorite foods.
In 2017, I married my husband, Ryan, and we love doing life together in Holland. In December of 2019, we welcomed our first baby, David. Time will tell if you will still often find me working in my veggie and flower gardens or cooking in the kitchen. I also enjoy camping (or “Kamping”) with my husband, exploring this beautiful state we live in, drinking good coffee, and interacting with people from around the world.
Language has fascinated me from my childhood, whether it's diagramming English sentences, studying Greek and Latin roots, trying to buy groceries in Swahili, or learning an unwritten language in Ethiopia. I am excited to teach the GWL class at FA and explore English with my students!