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Fall 2016
Read Time: 8 minutes (New Department Chairs)

Lane Fischer

Lane Fischer has replaced Tim Smith as the chair of the Department of Counseling Psychology and Special Education. Fischer began teaching at BYU in 1993 and served as the associate dean and dean of students from 2000 to 2003.

“Based on student ratings and peer nominations, Lane is one of the best teachers in the McKay School and possibly in the university,” said Dean Mary Anne Prater. “He will bring to this new position leadership experience from other areas of the campus.”

Fischer graduated from BYU in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He earned his master’s degree in educational psychology from BYU in 1982 and his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1991. He is a licensed psychologist and is the current editor of the journal Issues in Religion and Psychotherapy.

Kendra Hall-Kenyon

Kendra Hall-Kenyon has replaced Michael O. Tunnell as the chair of the Department of Teacher Education. Hall-Kenyon has been on the faculty at BYU since 2002 and became a full professor this past year. “She is highly regarded by her colleagues as someone who can serve as a role model, help strengthen the department, and provide sustained leadership,” Dean Mary Anne Prater said. “I am excited to work with Kendra over the next few years to accomplish department goals.”

Hall-Kenyon attended BYU for her bachelor’s degree in family science and earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in cognitive studies from Teachers College, Columbia University.

McKay School Recognized for Technology Leadership

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The McKay School of Education’s Instructional Psychology and Technology Department was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development at a teacher preparation innovation summit for its leadership in the innovative use of technology to support the learning of preservice teachers.

“America’s preservice teachers must be prepared to use technology effectively in the classroom,” said Joseph South, director of the Office of Educational Technology and BYU McKay School alumnus. “We are excited by the innovations we are seeing at the McKay School of Education to ensure their preservice teachers have opportunities to actively use technology to support learning and teaching through creation, collaboration, and problem solving.”

Arts Express Conference Tells Stories Through the Arts

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At the 2016 Arts Express Conference, 450 educators from across the BYU–Public School Partnership came together for a two-day conference under the theme “Creating a Story for the Arts.” Through participating in activities and stories, educators learned how to better integrate the arts into curriculum to benefit students’ learning experience.



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Teachers Honored at Football Game

BYU football, the McKay School, and the BYU–Public School Partnership honored local teachers at the BYU vs. Toledo football game. Many local educators were given tickets to the game, and five teachers were selected by their districts to be honored on the field during the first quarter.

One teacher was selected from each school district. The honorees are (left to right): Morgan Murdock, 6th-grade dual immersion, Wasatch County School District; Glenn Lockwood, science, Dixon Middle School, Provo City School District; David Jex, health, Mapleton Junior High, Nebo School District; Marcia Newbold, 4th grade, Riverton Elementary, Jordan School District; and Janice Clouse, 2nd grade, Lindon Elementary, Alpine School District.

Student Alumni Representatives

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Kristie Hinckley, left, and Kaitlin Heaton are the 2016–17 McKay School student alumni representatives on the McKay School Alumni Society board. They rep-resent students as they share their perspectives, ideas, and suggestions at the alumni board meetings. They communicate with their fellow students, help with events, and represent the McKay School on the BYU Student Alumni Relations Council.

Student Spotlight

Meet Melissa Inkley, a communication disorders graduate student in the McKay School.

Melissa Inkley

“My original plan going into college was to do nursing; then I shifted from that to English. From there I felt like those subjects weren’t really my passions quite yet, but I have always loved music as well. Once I discovered speech-language pathology, it was the perfect combination of those three things. You get the music aspect of how your voice works and then English with language and communication and nursing through medical things like that. It is pretty much the perfect mash-up of all my favorite things in one perfect career.”