Jay says his greatest accomplishment in life is his family.
Jay Oliver is a helper by nature. Serving others is what inspired him in the eighth grade to decide to be an educator. Jay has been with the McKay School since 2007; he currently works as Director of Educational Student Services.
Jay received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brigham Young University and started his career in 1984 working as a part-time employee at the LDS Missionary Training Center. He moved to a full-time position as a department manager at the MTC after five years in his part-time position. He held this position for four years and then moved to Las Vegas, Nevada to work in the banking industry after earning his master’s degree in Public Administration.
“I worked in that industry for five years,” said Oliver. “After which, I left and found myself in St. George, Utah and started as a public school teacher.”
Jay taught sixth grade for one year in St. George, then left for a year to get his second master’s degree in Educational Administration from Southern Utah University. Then he went back to St. George and taught in the public school for another four years, this time in business education.
Eventually, Jay decided he wanted to pursue an administrative role in the school. At the same time he also applied for an administrative position at BYU. When he was hired in 2007 into the Dean’s office, he welcomed the chance to return to the school he loved. “When I left, I thought I’d never get back,” said Jay. “It was a great opportunity to come back and be a part of the McKay School and [the field of] education, which is what I really love and enjoy.”
In 2008, Jay moved to Education Student Services and put his love for serving to work. “We’re educating [and] advising students who are going out to become educators, and we place them in the field to do their student teaching and internships,” he explained. “Although [student services] is different, I’m still serving others.”
Jay was a first-generation college student in his family, an eagle scout, and a high school student body officer. However, he says his greatest accomplishment in life is his family. “I have a beautiful wife; we’ve been married for 32 years now. We have six children and eight grandchildren,” he said. “I don’t know that you can have any better accomplishments than that.”
October 22, 2012