For the last eighteen months, Devon has been our trusted intern here at the blog. Every morning she searches news outlets for the latest headlines and posts them so that readers can think critically about the news presented to them by the media each day. And if you are an author whose book has been featured at The Way of Improvement Leads Home you corresponded with Devon. (Recently, one Ivy-league historian referenced her as “Fea’s blog editor”).
Along with her work at the blog, Devon was an indispensable research assistant in the writing of Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump. Funny story: Before I assigned Devon work related to Believe Me I asked her if she would have any problem doing research on a book that was critical of Donald Trump. She smiled , didn’t miss a beat, and said, “nope.” I smiled back and we were off and running! 🙂
Here is what I wrote about Devon in the acknowledgments: “A very big thank you goes to Devon Hearn, my research assistant. Devon has done the unheralded work of tracking down sources, requesting books through InterLibrary loan, and taking on tasks that have enabled me to write under a tight deadline. And she does it all with a smile on her face!”
Devon also helped me plan the 2018 meeting of the Conference on Faith and History. I couldn’t have done it without her spreadsheets and administrative skills.
After Christmas break Devon will begin student teaching at a local high school in preparation for a career in the history classroom. She will graduate in May 2019 with a degree in history and a social studies certification. (If I remember correctly, she is also picking up a minor in ESL). Devon is going to be an absolutely phenomenal classroom teacher. If you have an opening in your school for Fall 2019 send me an e-mail. You would be crazy if you didn’t hire her! No, seriously, send me an e-mail!!!
I am going to miss Devon’s steadying influence and “can do” attitude. Thanks so much Devon for all your excellent work at The Way of Improvement Leads Home!