Prior to moving to Hanover, O'Connor taught sixth-grade students in Jersey City. She said she entered the teaching profession because she loves kids.
Currently, as a substitute in Howard County, O'Connor said she sees everything throughout the school day, from students getting off the bus, to eating lunch, playing at recess, the instruction in special education classrooms and everything in between.
"Everything from the very, very, very beginning of the school day to the very, very, very end, I've seen it," she said.
O'Connor said her children have received a "great" education from the Howard County Public School System, but she believes more can be done for non-college bound students by expanding offerings at the Applications and Research Lab.
Although O'Connor believes communication can be improved throughout the school system with more face-to-face interactions, she said Superintendent Renee Foose and the Board of Education have been doing a "great job."
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"It's hard to be a board member in Howard County," she said.
Regarding the Common Core State Standards, O'Connor said the school system needs to take a closer look at how it's being implemented because everything is moving too fast and some teachers are burned out.
"We have to make it work and make teachers happy," she said.
She believes students with learning disabilities could be lost by the wayside.
"When you get a group of kids who aren't keeping up, they get bored and start distracting other students," she said.