At the McKay School of Education, our model and inspiration is Jesus Christ, the Master Teacher. As we celebrate the Master Teacher’s birth this month, I am reminded of His humble beginnings, His development as a child as He “increased in wisdom and stature” (Luke 2:52), and His assuming His role as our Savior and Redeemer “who went about doing good” (Acts 10:38). What a model and inspiration to emulate!  


I can’t help but draw a parallel to our students, all children of God with a divine nature and destiny, who are seeking to follow in the Master Teacher’s footsteps. We as a McKay School team play a vital role in their developmental process as we seek to nurture their full potential.  


We are anxious to exhibit our students’ potential for the benefit of all. You may have already seen posters, emails, or social media posts highlighting Rachel Edmunds, a student in her practicum semester minoring in TSOL K–12. It was on her mission in Salem, Oregon, when she was inspired to pursue an education that would allow her to help students who speak a home language, or a language that is different from English. “I felt super passionate about making an inclusive space for everyone in my class,” she said. Read about Rachel here 


Another highlight you’ll be seeing is of Devan Clayton, a PhD student in counseling psychology. Her research has been examining students’ perceptions of a wellness center in a local high school. The center is a place where students can go when experiencing mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. She noted, "We found that there are a lot of benefits, and there are people who are really loving the center.” Read about Devan here 


These are two powerful examples of students who are emulating the Master Teacher, as they go about doing good. We are blessed to be among such students who are motivated by things that really matter. I hope you’ll take the time to read about these students and others who will be highlighted in the coming year.  


Thanks, Team McKay School, for devoting your minds and spirits to the work! 


Merry Christmas, 


Michael Leonard casual

Michael Leonard 

Assistant Dean, External Relations