Teaching the Teacher
Katelyn Woolley comes from a long line of BYU educators, and she has chosen to carry on her family’s legacy. As a senior studying elementary education, Woolley aspires to be a second-grade teacher, and her preparation has focused on research and partnership.
This summer Woolley worked alongside professor Kathryn MacKay to redesign the structure of an early childhood education course. Woolley observed the BYU Lab Preschool and collaborated with mentors.
Additionally, after serving a Spanish-speaking mission in Argentina, Woolley was inspired to research dual-language immersion programs. She is currently working with professor Juan Freire to collect data on programs in the United States and hopes to assist schools with transitioning into full-immersion programs, like those that have been piloted in Utah, to achieve long-lasting language proficiency.
Woolley is the recipient of multiple scholarships that have made it possible for her to focus on becoming a teacher. She says, “These scholarships allow me to improve my classroom, attend conferences, and truly help my students.” She looks forward to working in a fourth-grade classroom for the remainder of her final year at BYU.