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Career Paths in Education: Lay Kou

Welcome back to our education career path series! There are many different career paths within education. Today we're highlighting Lay Kou, a current EDLF grad student and Chinese Immersion Program teacher in Jordan School District.



Lay also has had many accomplishments in her career! Here are some of them:

  • Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching (to Taiwan) from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State

  • Outstanding Educator of the year in Jordan School District

  • Teacher Feature Award from KSL News Radio and Zions Bank

  • Three-time teacher of the month from Southland Elementary Parent Teacher Organization

  • Distinguished Teacher Award from Jordan School District Dual Language Immersion Language Fair

  • Led Southland Students in earning Best Organization in Jordan School District DLI Language Fair

  • Led Southland Students to First Place Award in UVU DLI Language Fair

  • Assisted in the establishment of the student military Veteran support center at the University of Utah


With all of this experience, Lay has some advice to give to those pursuing a career in education:


"As an educator, appreciate all of your associations with various stakeholders -- District personnel, administrators, fellow teachers, staff members, parents, students, and those outside of the school district. When you are thankful for each individual, you will find the support you need to accomplish great things."


Want to explore more options within education? Check out our other career path posts or contact an ambassador to explore the majors within the McKay School. Hope to hear from you soon!

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