Kathleen O’Connor

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Director of Student Instruction & Spanish Teacher

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Ph.D. in Spanish Language and Literature, Yale University
M.Phil. and M.A. in Spanish and Portuguese, Yale University
B.A. in English and B.A. in Spanish, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Kathleen’s teaching career spans nearly 25 years at both the university and the high school levels. Before coming to Conserve in 2003, she was a lecturer at Yale University, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kathleen has been recognized for teaching excellence by Delta Delta Delta’s MU Chapter at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2001), and through the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth Educator Recognition Program (2007). Kathleen was honored in 2012 by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) as a “Teacher of the Future,” and in 2014 by Rochester Institute of Technology’s Distinguished Teacher Recognition Program. A lifelong-learner and wholeheartedly committed to continuous improvement, Kathleen has earned a number of education certifications including SEED Leader certification from the National SEED Project (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity), Green Classroom Professional Certification from the United States Green Building Council, a Land Ethic Leader Certification from the Aldo Leopold Foundation, a Professional Development Certification in Distance Education from UW-Madison, and AdvancEd’s Quality Assurance Review’s Chair Certification. Kathleen chaired Conserve’s first accreditation committee and currently serves on its continuous improvement team. Kathleen has attended a number of quality assurance trainings and has served on external review visiting accreditation teams for both the Independent School Association of the Central States (ISACS) and AdvancED.

Kathleen has taught both Spanish and English and is proficient in Spanish, French, German, and Latin. While studying Latin American literature and culture, Kathleen lived and worked in South America. She enjoys learning about other cultures and sampling ethnic cuisine. She also looks forward each year to a fishing trip in the Canadian wilderness with family and friends. You can view Kathleen's teacher page here.