Unsung Hero: Helen O’Neill

Helen inspired me to become an urban special educator for students in behavior disabilities classrooms.

I have since moved into graduate research and am preparing to receive a doctorate from NYU in urban education, focusing on injustices in classification and service provision to students in behavior disabilities programs.

Helen served the city of Newark for more than 30 years teaching some of its most under-served students and loving every day of it.

She is an educational champion, an everyday social justice hero, an amazing positive role model, an indomitable spirit, and a valued mentor.

What are 5 characteristics or qualities that make Helen an outstanding educator?

  1. Dedication to all students.
  2. Passion for serving students with emotional and behavioral challenges.
  3. Fierce advocate for student rights.
  4. Empathetic nature.
  5. Humility about her impact on students’ lives.

Helen O’Neill, Retired & Substitute Teacher, is being recognized by Evan Johnston (New York University).

Click the above image for more information about Unsung Hero Week 2017.

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