A Little Bit about Mrs. O'Neill
🌸I am very excited to be starting my second year in the Scarsdale School District as a Third Grade Special Education Teacher with Mrs. DeGrazia this year at Heathcote. I absolutely love teaching as it really has been a profession I've enjoyed and one I'm excited about further exploring!
🌸My previous teaching experience at Heathcote was teaching second grade last year with Mrs. Luciano. Before joining the Scarsdale School District, I was as a New York City Department of Education Special Education Teacher. I started my career as a First Grade Special Education Teacher in an Integrated Co-Teaching Classroom for two years and then transitioned to being a Fourth Grade Special Education Teacher in an Integrated Co-Teaching Classroom for four years in the Bronx.
🌸I attended Manhattan College where I received my B.A. in Childhood Education and then a Master’s Degree in Special Education. I completed my second Master’s Degree in Literacy through Grand Canyon University and hold three certificates in Early Childhood Education, Special Education and Literacy.
🌸I grew up in a small town in Rockland County, NY called Pearl River, where I graduated from Pearl River High School. After graduating high school, I moved to Riverdale to attend Manhattan College. I currently live in Yonkers with my husband, where we have just celebrated our wedding in July of 2022!
🌸I am one of 5 children; three girls and two boys. I'm the eldest in my family, then comes my two younger sisters, Aisling and Grainne, and then my two younger brothers, Sean and Pearse. We come from a large and loving Irish family who all love to travel.
🌸Growing up in a large family I always had the desire to work hard, travel and see what is out there in the world. I love to travel and love to add new places to explore; my list is quite long, but some of my favorite places that I have visited around the world have been Australia, Barcelona, Paris, New Zealand, Amsterdam and Ireland.
🌸It has always been my dream to become a teacher! I believe the most important attribute to have is to be equitable. Providing students fair and equal opportunities to shine throughout their educational journey is what I, as an educator, want to provide for my students. Instilling in students the importance of advocating, being open to receiving guidance and to not be afraid to try and take risks. I, as a teacher, follow this mindset and I will be your child’s biggest supporter this year as we embark on the year ahead together!