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Joanne O'Connor

Norfolk Public Schools
4th grade SPED paraprofessional
I have worked for NPS for over 30 years, part and full time. I have taught PreK, PE and am now teaching 4th grade SPED. My proudest accomplishment was teaching ISS for 14 years. I worked with the Student Services Data Team and got many "frequent flyers" to ISS the help they needed, thus cutting the rate of students returning to ISS by 44%. AS a child was was horribly bullied by both students and some teachers, I am an active protector and source of comfort and understanding to the bullied students, even the ones who are not mine. I ran a cat rescue for 20+ years and not have 9 beautiful cats as my own.

I love talking about animal and children's care and rights. They are the groups, with the elderly, that are silently bullied because they cannot defend themselves.

But almost, I love KPOP, especially groups like EXO and FX!! Music and cats are me kryptonite!!