Mrs. Nancy O'Brien

Mrs. O'Brien is a 1st grade teacher at SVdP and has been an educator here since 2003. Previous to her time here, she worked for 4 years while beginning her family. She is a proud Redbird, having earned her BA in Elementary Education from Illinois State University with an endorsement in English. Mrs. O'Brien has been a member of St. Vincent de Paul since 1989 where she and her husband Mike raised their three children. Her children (Mary-27, Patrick-25, and Joey-22) are proud SVdP alumni. Her entire family has carried on the legacy of Catholic education as they have been a part of each generation of this city's fine tradition of Peoria Catholic High Schools with graduates from each ( Spalding, Academy of Our Lady, Bergan, Academy of Our Lady/Spalding Institute, and Peoria Notre Dame). She is very proud of this.
Mrs. O'Brien's classroom promotes a culture of love and acceptance as she tries to model the virtues of the Catholic Church and works hard to link our faith into her lessons. Reverence and respect are important to her. The children know she cares for them and her goal is to have them come to school happy and feeling loved and safe. She tries to be the Image of God she wants her students to be. And, of course she loves her hugs! Her classroom Saint is St. Nicholas. How fun is that!
When Mrs. O'Brien is not teaching, she enjoys her growing and changing family. Her two oldest children are getting married this fall and she is looking forward to her new family additions. Her youngest is a recent St. Ambrose University graduate and will have his first "big boy job" as she lovingly refers to it. She and her husband Mike enjoy trips to Florida, their "second home".
Mrs. O'Brien is passionate about what she does. "Teaching fulfills me. I go to school every day, happy to be there. I often tell my children, if you are lucky enough to find a job that makes you truly happy, it really isn't a job. It's a vocation. I LOVE what I do."



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