Hello Students and Families!
Welcome to the 3rd and 4th Grade Learning Enrichment and Acceleration Program (LEAP)! My name is Mrs. Toye O'Brien and I am your teacher this year at Freedom Elementary in Waynesville, MO. This is my 10th year of teaching and my very first in a Gifted Program Classroom. I am so excited to be teaching Gifted full-time this year! I had several of you in my 2nd grade classroom at East Elementary last year. I love working with all children and have a Master's in Gifted Education through Drury University. I will be pursuing my Doctorate in Instructional Leadership in the Fall. Dispelling the myths about gifted and talented students and providing appropriate challenges for students of all levels of learning is my passion. I believe the way to accomplish this goal is to provide quality instruction and training in enrichment strategies and techniques to both new and veteran teachers. We are going to have an exciting year full of learning, exploration, and fun! :0)
On a personal note, I have been married to my husband, Dan, for almost 29 years. We have one son, Patrick, 27 years old. I love to travel and spend time at the beach. My favorite color is green and I love to go for walks. I have participated in half-marathons and have completed one full marathon. I am a die-hard San Francisco 49ers fan.
My promise to you and your family:
I will do everything within my power to make sure each and every student receives the proper instruction and resources to engage, challenge, and motivate them in preparation for their future and the challenges of the 21st Century.
I look forward to meeting you and your family very soon!