Diane O'Connell

Exceptional Child Program
Office:  Scully 401A

I believe all children can learn and they are our future.

What area do you teach?

Special Education


M.S., Early Childhood Special Education
B.S.E., Elementary Education emphasis in Mathematics

Your philosophy of teaching:

I believe all children can learn and they are our future. As teachers, we are responsible to impart knowledge, encourage discovery, build positive relationships, and foster a love of learning. To meet these challenges, teachers must be lifelong learners to understand and meet student needs in our ever changing world.

Why did you decide to teach?

I chose to enter the teaching profession to help children gain knowledge, increase their self esteem and impact the future. I had a couple of teachers who took a real interest in me during difficult times in my life. I wanted to be the positive, caring person in the life of children. For children to learn, they must feel important.

Credentials/career path

Early Childhood Special Education Teacher (4 years)
Director of Career Assessment Center (4 years)
Secondary Special Education Teacher (14 years)
Missouri Schools for the Severely Disabled teacher (1 year)
In-School Suspension and Math Strategies Teacher (part-time 4 years)
Adjunct Faculty (3 semesters)

Professional Highlight

Earning a college degree as a 1st generation, adult college student and single parent

Experience teaching students age 3 to college

Developed community based transition program (KHS G.O.A.L.S.)


Missouri Transition Liaison

Organization with which you are involved

Missouri State Teachers Association

Best advice for students

Remember we are all lifelong learners and no one is perfect. Always put forth your best effort. You determine your future!


Scully 313
Dept. of Elem., Early & Special Edu.
One University Plaza, MS 5575
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701