Meet Our McKay School Student Ambassadors!

Questions? Schedule a virtual appointment with one of our ambassadors according to the major you're interested in below! Our Student Ambassadors all currently attend Brigham Young University and are the authors of our blog! They are all passionate about teaching and would love to talk to you more about the options available at the McKay School.

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Joan Halsey

Elementary Education Major

I am a junior majoring in elementary education with a TESOL minor! I am from Maryland; I like to hike, swim, read, and play the violin. I love teaching because it is people-oriented. There is no better feeling than seeing someone understand a concept that they used to think was so hard. Being part of that learning process is just so exciting!

Abbey Orr

Elementary Education Major

I am a junior majoring in Elementary Education! I love music, movies, and cooking (food!!), and I love education/educating. I wouldn't say I had a defining moment that I knew I wanted to be a teacher but my collective experiences with the teachers I admired changed my own life. I have always felt teaching was an act of love, and I can't wait to spread that love every day as well as learn from my own students!

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Stella Beeson

Early Childhood Education Major

I am a sophomore majoring in early childhood education and minoring in TESOL K–12. I am a transfer student from Mesa Community College. I love food, traveling, spending time with my family, cooking/baking, and doing things outdoors! I love children and have worked as a nanny for over ten years. I have always wanted to be a teacher and cannot wait to one day have a classroom of my own!

Ashley Zundel

Physical Education Teaching/Coaching Major

I am a sophomore majoring in PE Teaching/Coaching and minoring in Health. I love music, spending time with friends and family, playing volleyball, and going to the beach. I love teaching because it allows me to be able to make a difference in the life of another person. I always knew I wanted a career that would allow me to help others, and this major was a great fit. I am so excited to continue learning and sharing my passion with others!

Emily Reed

Special Education Major

I am a senior majoring in Special Education with an emphasis in mild/moderate disabilities. I am also minoring in TESOL K-12. My passion is my education! I knew that I wanted to be a special education teacher when I had the opportunity to work with individuals with disabilities on my mission. I am so excited to give these precious souls an opportunity to learn and I look forward to advocating for equal opportunities for all students!

Anna Glenn

Special Education Major

I am a junior majoring in special education with an emphasis in mild/moderate disabilities. My minor is TESOL K-12. Some of my hobbies include baking, eating, sports, naps, and deep conversations. I absolutely love learning and I want to help others love it too. After working with individuals of differing abilities in high school, I realized I love special education and thought I’d give it a try. I’ve been hooked ever since my first CPSE class. I look forward to helping students with disabilities learn to break through the barriers of an ableist world. 

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Valery Abila

I am a junior majoring in Elementary Education and minoring in TESOL K-12. I am from Georgia; I love music, spending time with family and friends, and road trips! Growing up, my teachers were some of my biggest role models who I looked up to! They were some of the most influential people in my life who taught me to love learning and to love going to school! I want to be that person for my future students and pass the love of learning to them as well

Elementary Education Major