Caprice Bailey

Caprice served a mission in the New York, New York South Mission from 1998 to 1999 before applying to BYU–Hawaii. She had received her associate’s degree at Salt Lake Community College, but transferred to BYU–Hawaii after some of her mission friends encouraged her to apply. Over the next year and a half, Caprice’s love for different cultures grew as she made friends from all over the world. While on campus, she joined the TESOL Society, and even had the chance to do some English tutoring with the North Shore Learning Center. Caprice graduated in 2001 with her bachelor’s degree in TESOL.

A year after graduating, Caprice went to Taiwan to teach English. She was there for two years and loved the chance to put her college education to the test. Then she returned to Utah and sought out work opportunities closer to home. She found a position at Deseret Industries in West Jordan, Utah teaching English to immigrants. The experiences she gained while working at Deseret Industries really inspired her, and motivated her to apply to graduate school. “I wanted to become a better teacher for my future students.”

Exactly 10 years after graduating from BYU–Hawaii, Caprice earned a MA in TESOL from BYU Provo. Her Master’s Project was later published in The TESOL Journal in 2013. Her project was based on characteristics that employers look for in potential employees within the TESOL field. Just last year, Caprice volunteered at Project Read in Provo, Utah. As a volunteer she created a long-distance learning packet for students preparing for the TOEFL exam. Caprice now works at Utah Valley University teaching in the English Language Learning department as well as teaching online for BYU–Idaho’s Pathway program. However starting this fall, she will be teaching English to international students at a local charter school in Utah.

Over the years, she has served within the Primary and Relief Society organizations in her wards. Currently she serves as a temple worker in the Provo Temple. 15 years later, Caprice often reflects on her time at BYU–Hawaii. “I have fond memories and a special place in my heart for this campus and the people there. It was a great blessing in my life!”

Bryce Marvin
Friday, June 10, 2016