• Valery Abila

Get to know Student Ambassador Valery

Hey! My name is Valery Abila and I grew up in Peachtree Corners, Georgia! Typically no one ever knows where Peachtree Corners is, so I say I'm from Atlanta, even though I'm actually 25 minutes northeast of Atlanta.

One of my favorite places in ATL is the Jackson Bridge where you can see the skyline and a pretty sunset!

I love listening to music, watching the sunset, and spending time with my family and friends! I grew up speaking Spanish at home and I also learned Portuguese on my mission. I served in São Paulo, Brazil, in the Temple Visitors Center!

The São Paulo Temple Visitors Center is the first in all of South America!

I am currently a junior studying Elementary Education and minoring in TESOL K-12 (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)! I absolutely LOVE my major and I am so excited to become a teacher!


I chose this career path because all of my teachers were very important to me growing up. They helped me love to learn, and made school a place I loved being at! I was always that one kid that was excited to go to school in the morning and looked forward to going home so I could do my homework.


My teachers had a huge impact on my life and encouraged me to reach my full potential so I want to do the same for my future students. I also love helping kids learn new things, gain confidence and I love seeing their excitement when they learn something new! I chose to minor in TESOL because I was an ELL (English Language Learner) student from kindergarten through second grade and I am eternally grateful for my teachers who believed in me, were patient with me, and helped me be able to succeed in school. After I graduate, I would love to go back to Georgia and teach at my elementary school.


If you ever have any questions about BYU, the McKay School, the Elementary Education major, the TESOL K-12 minor, or anything else, feel free to reach out to me or any of the other ambassadors. We would love to meet with you! You can schedule an appointment on our website!









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