Ethan Carlson, Student Support Services
Ethan Carlson, one of KICS new staff members, joins the Learning Support Department to help guide students to their path ahead. “I serve as the University Guidance Counselor, specifically working with upper classmen to prepare, aid, and equip them for university enrollment, school decisions, and life after KICS.” This takes place through the following platforms; specific classes, mission group time, and on an individual basis.
Additionally, Ethan partners with KICS leadership in the area of development and fundraising.
Beyond KICS, he serves on the board of Rwanda Ministry Partners- an organization that helps foster relationships between Rwandan and North American churches.
One interesting fact about Ethan is, to help pay for university and graduate school tuition, he worked several unique jobs such as snow-ski instructing, farming, campus security, and walking dogs.
Before his transition to KICS, Ethan worked as the Assistant Director for International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions at Trinity International University, near Chicago, Illinois and served at his local church.
Ethan is married to Natasha Carlson, who teaches Grade 1 at KICS, they have been married for four years. While the majority of the couple’s family live in the U.S. in the state of Minnesota they have both always hoped to serve outside of the U.S. in the area of education, ministry, or other nonprofit work at some point in their lives. “God made it very clear that the place is Rwanda and the time is now. Doors opened up at KICS which aligned with where we discerned God was leading us. I am specifically thankful to be at KICS because of its diversity and overall vision,” explained Ethan.
Playing the saxophone, vegetable gardening, and fishing, are some of Ethan’s hobbies and interests. Some other past times include running a small eBay business, listening to podcasts and reading on a range of topics that include theology, agriculture, and social entrepreneurship.
In his few months at KICS, Ethan’s highlight has been “Witnessing the progress that Grade 12 students have made so far in their university search and application process.”
· Exposing students to various options of quality schools
· Aiding in essay writing and applications
· Writing letters of recommendation
· Offering SAT, ACT, an AP counsel and support