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“Teaching is more than imparting knowledge; it’s about inspiring a love for learning and developing positive relationships!” ~ Ms. Diane O'Connell
What area do you teach?
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.
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)
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!