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Student Spotlight: Tayla Stewart, C’23

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Tayla Stewart, C’23

Tayla is majoring in elementary education with dual certification in special education and minoring in Spanish. She's also as a cheerleading team member, resident assistant, Mount Ambassador and president of the Pi Lambda Theta chapter of education.

Tayla Stewart loves learning and using her intellectual curiosity to identify and realize opportunities, seek impactful solutions and embody excellence in her every action.

She’s the recipient of the Thomas Merton Scholarship, which is awarded to only one student per year who demonstrates exceptional community service and strives to live out Mount St. Mary’s University’s mission. Whether flying on the Mount’s DI cheerleading team or leading programs for students as a resident assistant, Tayla maintains her motivation to succeed. The six-time Dean’s List recipient has made a positive impact in nearly every aspect of campus life.

Tayla has honed her people and public speaking skills through her work study with the Office of Admissions. As she helps prospective students and their families on their college search journey, she shares examples of the countless opportunities she has received. Along with stories of her experiences, she emphasizes that the Mount is a great home-away-from-home.

“I am forever thankful and blessed to enhance my academic and spiritual growth here at the Mount, which will last a lifetime. I am overjoyed to see the plan that God has for my life.”~ Tayla Stewart, C’23

This semester, Tayla is interning at Emmitsburg Elementary School in the special education department. Prior to that, she served as an elementary education intern in a second grade classroom at Ballanger Creek Elementary School in Frederick, Maryland. Tayla also demonstrated her abilities as a teacher and role model by completing an internship with the Army Research Laboratory as a Near Peer Mentor. She worked with various scientists and engineers to develop and execute teaching modules for Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science program.

Tayla is also involved with many clubs and organizations. She currently serves as the vice president of the education club. She’s a Mount ambassador and leader for the Mount 101: Summer Bridge Program. She’s also president of the Pi Lambda Theta chapter of education. Of course, you can also find her engaging her residents in the halls of Terrace and Powell. Tayla is also proud to be part of the Rosemont Reading Program where she reads books to students at a school the Mount has a relationship with in Baltimore.

As she pursues her career in education, Tayla is most thankful for the support, advice and high standards of Professor Kara Brady, whose teaching methods and compassion have inspired her own pedagogy.

What’s fueling her passion?

Tayla is excited to further the momentum she’s built. After graduation, she plans to teach at an elementary school—but she hasn’t ruled out pursuing law school or earning a master’s degree in teaching.

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