As we reflect on last week’s homecoming festivities, it is appropriate that Hannah Eichhorst is in this week’s spotlight. Hannah is a new face on the GRACE staff, teaching middle and high school earth science, but she is certainly not a new face at GRACE! Hannah is one of two GRACE alums on staff and she is also the daughter of GRACE high school Bible teacher Beth Vanderkin. Hannah initially planned to get a degree in elementary education from UNC Wilmington, but God had other plans. During her freshman year Hannah accidentally fell in love with geology and a cute boy down the hall. During her first semester, she took Astronomy and Paleontology as electives. Her paleontology professor helped Hannah realize that she didn’t have to choose between being a teacher, a scientist, a Christian, a wife, a daughter, a Vogue-reader, a dog-owner, or a yoga student. Between then and now, Hannah married that cute boy, adopted a puppy, traveled across the country to earn her bachelor’s degree in geology, and moved back to Raleigh and started her job at GRACE.
Not surprising for someone who earned a degree in geology, the event Hannah remembers best from her own school years was a field trip to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. They had a window into a lab where Hannah could see paleontologists working on dinosaur bones. After receiving her degree, Hannah returned to the museum and worked with the Curator of Geology.
- Isaiah 40:26, “Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name; by the greatness of his might and because he is strong in power, not one is missing.”
- Psalm 121:1-2 “I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”
In sharing these verses, Hannah states that the more she learns about how the earth and the universe work, the more in awe she is of the One who created it. Both verses admonish Hannah to lift up her eyes and remember that God is great, powerful, and the Sustainer of creation. The recent eclipse reminded Hannah of His perfect creation – we stood on the perfect sized planet with the perfect sized moon to view the eclipse!
Hannah shares that she has a beagle named Bean, her favorite television series is Star Trek, and that she is a published author. If you are interested in reading her work, it was a paper about snail extinction on the coast of North Carolina! Hannah spent last summer hiking the desert mountains in New Mexico and creating maps of ancient volcanoes.