Ms. O'Gara

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Ms. O'Gara

Teaching in the Big Lake District has been part of my life since 1986.  I have had the opportunity to teach kindergarten, second grade, third grade, and the gifted & talented program. 

My educational background begins not far from Big Lake.  I graduated High School in Monticello, MN which was also my hometown growing up.  I then continued my education with a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education from Minnesota State University.  After a few years of working in the Big Lake school district, I decided to return to school at St. Thomas University to attain a master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction.

I believe education is a life long endeavor that I enjoy everyday.  I’m thankful that I have the opportunity to share new learning experiences with my students.  When I’m asked what is my favorite thing about teaching, my response is always the time I spend reading with my students. I thoroughly enjoy watching the students find their way though a new book, and watching their triumph when they make steps in vocabulary and comprehension.

 I hold many treasured memories when reading with my own children as well.  My two daughters went to school here in Big Lake, and I loved getting to check up on them when they were just a few classrooms away.  They have since graduated and have settled into the college life.  When I’m not teaching I enjoy spending time with my family, which includes our furry four-legged dog named Max.