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Mara O’Neill


Cell Phone: (585) 747-8911 Ext. 120

Subject: Math Teacher

How long have you been a teacher?

I have been teaching at Vertus since 2018. Vertus is my first school post college and I have been working here ever since. While working here, I have attended SJFC for my master's degree. I am privileged to have Vertus support me as I furthered my education to become a certified math and special education teacher.

What is your philosophy as a teacher?

I am a progressive teacher who believes that traditional methods may be "beyond the scope of young learners". I firmly believe that alternative approaches to learning should be invited into a classroom to show students that education is life itself.

What motivates you to be at Vertus? (what is your “why?")

I know one of my purposes in life is to educate. I choose to educate young-men in th city of Rochester because I want to create equitable opportunities for adolescents.

Who are you outside of Vertus?

One of my passions is music. I have always loved watching and participating in productions.

What is your motivational message for students, current or future?

Education does not start and end here. You will be learning for the rest of your life. Keep your mind wide open, listen, and create!

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