Meet Mrs. Sarah O'Leary

We asked our teachers & staff a few questions so that you can get to know them better!

What is your role at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic School?
2nd Grade Teacher

What year did you start working at St. Stephen?

Tell us about your education background & about your teaching/work experience.
I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a major in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. I went on to receive my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Doane University. I previously taught 3rd grade and Kindergarten at Patriot Elementary in the Papillion La Vista School district for 12 years. This will be my second year teaching at SSM.

What do you love about your job?
One of my favorite things about teaching is helping students discover their love and passion for learning. I know that each child is unique and learns in a different way and I love helping them discover their individuality and working alongside them to maximize it!

Who is your favorite Saint or what is your favorite scripture?
St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children.

Tell us about your family (spouse, children, grandchildren, pets, etc.):
My husband, TJ, and I have three children. Reid is 8 and will be in 3rd Grade at St. Stephen. Teagan is 6 and will be starting 1st Grade here at SSM. Finn is 3 and he is our wild man! He loves all things superheroes and dinosaurs and he is excited to start preschool this year.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Ever since I was a kid, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I spent hours teaching all my stuffed animals and dolls and loved when I could bring home books and items from school to use in my “classroom!”

What is your favorite sweet treat?
Mint Chip ice cream and Twix bars.

Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?
I love to read when I have the time. I also love spending time with family and friends.

What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekends?
In the summer, I love to go to the lake or the pool with family. During the other seasons, I love getting together with friends or spending quality time with my family. I also LOVE holidays so I am usually doing something that relates to the nearest one!

What piece of advice would you give parents to help their child(ren) succeed at St. Stephen?
Always remember to lead with kindness, practice compassion, and show patience.