Student Spotlight: Stella Beeson
Updated: May 12
Hi! I'm Stella Beeson, a junior in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program. I am from Mesa, Arizona, and served a mission in Montevideo, Uruguay. I love being with family, traveling, baking, cooking, skateboarding, swimming, pickleball, and tennis.
I chose to be an ECE major because I love kids. I have been a nanny since I was ten years old, and dream of being a mom one day. I realized I cannot be a nanny my entire life and figured teaching would be the perfect job where I can work with kids while being a mother.
I started the program enrolled as an Elementary Education major. My first class was Foundations of Childhood Development with Corinna Peterkin. The first day she shared with us the differences between ECE and ELED and I realized I would be more interested in ECE. So, I met with a counselor the same day, and changed my major! The main difference is that ECE is more focused on early development. You graduate with a teaching license for preschool-3rd grade, while ELED certifies you to teach kindergarten-6th grade. Personally, I knew I would only want to teach 2nd grade and maybe preschool, so for me, ECE was the better option.
I have loved every class I have taken here at the McKay school. I look forward to going to class every day, eager to learn more about child development and how I can someday be an inclusive and loving teacher. My teachers and classmates are all so kind and we all have so much in common. The McKay School is the best! I look forward to my practicum coming up next year where I can work more hands-on in the classroom and apply what I have learned here at BYU.
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