Keira McDonald is the Director of Internships for My College Planning Team. She has five years of experience in various avenues of education. Keira has a passion for working in higher education.
Keira was an Assistant Dean of Admission at a private university on Long Island, NY. At that time, she specialized in recruiting transfer students. She has seen the excitement in a student’s eyes when they realize that they have finally found the best-fit college. She is determined to assist parents in learning about the best ways to pay for college in order to make a student’s dream their reality. Keira has assisted students in the college planning process and she has also assisted families in the financial aid process. Additionally, Keira has experience as an online ESL teacher. She mainly taught children from China. She believes that all students should be able to receive the education that they desire.
Keira graduated from St. Joseph’s College in New York with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management and a minor in Psychology. As a student, she volunteered as a teacher’s assistant in an introduction to college class. Right after Keira graduated College, she did an internship at Walt Disney World. Before working in education, Keira worked in the hotel and bridal industry.
As the Director of National Outreach at MCPT, Keira is responsible for booking workshops with libraries outside of Illinois. In 2021, the college planning workshops were introduced to libraries in Indiana, Iowa, New Jersey, and New York. Keira is also responsible for marketing our free 1:1 free conference calls to workshop attendees. In 2021, we had 300% growth in this area. In 2022, Keira will be working on promoting recorded workshops in order to assist more families throughout the United States.
In addition to pursuing her professional passion, Keira remains focused on her personal passion as well. Traveling the world and immersing herself in new cultures is very important to Keira. She has traveled to 18 countries and plans to visit many more over the next few years. When Keira is not traveling, she enjoys spending time with her family, her friends, and playing with her dog.