I Welcome! My name is Patty O'Connor. I received my M.L.S. from University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania--go Steelers--and my B.A. in Elementary Education from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado--go Broncos. I graduated from Mercer University with an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling. I now have my Ed.S. in Instructional Technology from Georgia Southern.
I have 25 years of experience of being the "libeary lady" and I still love my job. There are not too many things better than sharing books all day with my students.
In addition to working in as a public school librarian, I also worked part-time at The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in most of their branches and departments. I loved that job, and I really miss Pittsburgh! I currently work part-time for Mercer Swilley Library, as well. I love that job and my colleagues there.
I also have a teaching certificate with English Second Language (ESOL) and Gifted certification.
My passions are gardening (I'm a School Master Gardener), reading (of course), movies (those indie, sub-title types), cooking (organic comfort food), travel, the beach, shopping (at Squash Blossom), yoga, theatre, photography, and dancing. I was an actress and dancer in a time long ago.....
Meet Zoey, my dog. She's smart, funny, and very loving. She has never met a squirrel that she doesn't believe she can catch. (She can't.) She doesn't know that she is not a person. I use one of the many books she chewed up as an example of what not to do to a library book. (I had to pay for it!) One of the dogs--Whoopsy--in the book of poetry that I really like, Once I Ate a Pie, looks a lot like Zoey. Zoey has not chewed that book up yet. This picture is of her being her gorgeous, diva self.
This is my oldest son, David, with his son (my grandson), Ethan--a handsome duo. Brandy, his wife, is very pretty, too. Davey is working on his NP degree and is a flight nurse in the Air Force; it's nice to have a health care professional in the family--I get to ask him all kinds of questions when I get sick. They all live near Pittsburgh; it's no wonder that I miss that city.
This is Danny, my youngest son. He's with Grandma in this pic. He is a very talented artist and writer and makes a living as an artist. Whenever someone compliments me on my artistic endeavors, I tell them I take after Danny. He lives in Pittsburgh, too. Heavy sigh!