Mount St. Joseph University

Jennifer O’Brien ’97, Principal, Holy Family School

Education, Alumni

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In addition to a well-rounded education, the Mount provides a strong foundation for success and confidence — in both graduate school and the workplace.

Jennifer O’Brien chose the Mount because she heard it had a great program for teachers. “All of the instructors were great,” Jennifer says. “Each brought their own uniqueness and opinions to the various classes.” Even though Jennifer commuted, she still felt included. “There were many clubs and activities to take part in. I never felt like I was left out of anything,” she says. “It was easy to get involved.”

After receiving her master’s degree from Xavier University, Jennifer has spent the last 15 years in Catholic education. After teaching sixth grade at Saint James School in White Oak (Ohio) for seven years, she moved to St. Dominic School, in Delhi Township (Ohio), and taught eighth grade for six years.

“One highlight in my career included working on the framework for the writing section of the test, which makes up one of the scores on the Nation’s Report Card,” Jennifer says. “This experience took me to Washington, D.C., for six meetings with some well-known business CEOs, top educators and authors, military administrators, representatives from The ACT, the testing company, NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress), and personnel from the U.S. Department of Education.” Jennifer also was named NCEA 2010 National Teacher of the Year — an annual award given to only 12 teachers across the nation.

Last year Jennifer moved to Holy Family School to serve as principal, a position she still proudly holds. “The Mount was a wonderful experience and gave me a strong foundation to begin my teaching career.”