Hi! My name is Mrs. Lauren O'Doherty and I am so excited to begin my 3rd year of teaching at Saint Dorothy School! I am the 5th and 6th grade Science teacher as well as the 6th grade Social Studies teacher. I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce myself...
I grew up in Delaware County in the Ridley area and graduated from Ridley High School in 1995. I pursued my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Shippensburg University and graduated cum laude in 1999. I originally set out to be a Biology teacher (which is where my love of science comes from), but felt I was geared more towards the elementary age. Since my graduation, I have worked as a preschool teacher, director of the preschool, Extended Day Kindergarten teacher in the Tredyfferin-Easttown School District, substitute teacher at the Episcopal Academy, and an assistant for the Extended School Year program for children with learning disabilities in the Tredyfferin-Easttown School District. All of these experiences have certainly taught me a lot about one of my biggest passions in life...working with children and giving them the confidence they need to thrive.
Aside from being a teacher, I am a mother to three children.I actually was a stay-at-home mother for 12 1/2 years before coming to Saint Dorothy. Sean Reilly is 14 and going into 9th grade at Ridley High School, Ella Carolyne is 11 and is going into 6th grade at Ridley Middle School,, and Abbey Breanne is 9 (going on 30!) and is going into 4th grade at Lakeview Elementary School. My husband and I have been together for 23 years (highschool sweethearts!) total and we belong to the parish of Saint Madeline where our children attend PREP and serve mass. We keep very busy with sports and other extra curricular activities.
When I'm not running from one field to the next, I do enjoy reading, walking, cruising on our family's boat, fishing, spending time at the Jersey shore, and just relaxing with my family. I also waitress on the weekends at a local establishment called The Gas Light.
I am really looking forward to spending this school year with my new students. It will be challenging, but very rewarding. On a personal note to my incoming students... Be prepared to always try your best, keep the faith, be yourself, and never be afraid to try something new! The end result will be worth it!
"Kind people are brave people. Brave is not a feeling that you should wait for. It is a decision. It is a decision that compassion is more important than fear, than fitting in, than following the crowd.