Julie O'Connor

Name: Julie O'Connorjulieoconnor

Position before retirement: 6th grade teacher at Willard Elementary

Years worked in the District: 28 years.

What was one of your favorite memories at U-46? It's very difficult to pick out a favorite, there were so many memorable times. Loved being with the kids and watching them learn and grow, and loved spending time with the amazing teachers and staff at Willard.

I also worked with the Mentor program for many years, and received their Mentor of the Year award a couple of years ago, a nice honor!

What was the favorite part of your job? The best part of my job was brainstorming ideas with my co-teacher, Debbie, and trying out new projects with the kids. We had so much fun teaching together and trying to find ways to keep our students engaged and challenged.

What do you enjoy doing outside your profession? I love spending time with my family, which has grown to include five granddaughters. I love to read, and love getting outside and walking.