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Ms. Rebecca O'Leary

My name is Rebecca O'Leary, and I'm so excited to be teaching your child! I firmly believe I have the single greatest job on the planet. I love being a teacher and the chance it provides to build community, learn every day, and get to know my students. 

This is my eighth year as a teacher, and my first year at Kennedy. I taught middle school in Oakland for two years; then I taught high school for five years in San Jose. I'm so happy to now be joining the Cougar family!

I received my M.Ed. from U.C. Berkeley where my thesis focused on how to best support my students learning English, and I've spent the last five years specifically learning how to best support students who just arrived from other countries and are learning English. 

I want to help my students learn a new language and how to take advantage of all the opportunities that come with it, and I want to ensure they remain proud of their home languages, their home countries, their families, their communities, and everything they have learned both before coming to the U.S. and outside of school.