April 2021 Message from the Dean's Office


The end of the semester is nearing. Is that even possible? We have survived more than a year of the pandemic. It feels like yesterday, but it also feels like forever ago that we were forced into a new way of teaching and of living. I’m not sure about you, but this last year has felt like a bit of a time warp to me.

Our condolences go out to those of you who have lost loved ones due to COVID-19 or other causes. Our world is experiencing so much suffering and pain right now; we in the dean’s office pray for you regularly. But we have hope for the future. Stirring our hope are the reports we have heard about your perseverance, creativity, and flexibility over this past year—not only with your professional duties at BYU, but also with your efforts to help others and to juggle your family and other responsibilities. You are amazing and we feel blessed to get to work with you. 

As we approach the end of winter semester, we want to invite you to participate in our McKay School Virtual Convocation. Thank you to those who have submitted videos of congratulations to our students. Our convocation was a big hit last year, and we look forward to celebrating again with a new group of students this April!

We would also like to invite you to follow the McKay School on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. The posts and stories are inspiring, fun, and educational! Our social media features everything from educator spotlights to student resources. These posts are appropriate for everyone: students, faculty, staff, and administrative personnel.

We have also recently launched “Seek Learning,” a podcast from the Latter-day Saint Educators Society that features interviews with McKay School faculty and other LDS educators. Our first podcasts include Erin Feinauer Whiting (TEd) and Richard Osguthorpe (TEd) and more.

Best wishes to you as we welcome springtime and spring term!