Joanne O’Brien

  • Why I Love Teaching at Molloy College

    The students are wonderful. I have found the students to be very conscientious, polite, caring, and concerned about community and global issues,  and they are interested in finding ways to respond to these issues.

  • Academic Interests
    • Curriculum Planning, Instruction, and Assessment
    • Educational Leadership
    • Equity issues
  • What I am working on

    I am working with the Education Department of the Diocese of Rockville Centre to explore the ways we can collaborate on educational projects between Molloy College  and the Catholic schools on Long Island.

    I am also working on a project involving New Ground a non-profit agency based in Hempstead assisting families and veterans who are homeless.  New Ground promotes educational advocacy and social work services to transition people to permanent housing.  We are exploring the ways Molloy can collaborate with New Ground in fostering their mission.

  • Educational Philosophy

    I believe that the most essential function of education is to motivate, encourage, and support a person's search for meaning.   There is never an end to what we can know, or do, or be. We are never complete; we are always in process. Classrooms are places where the limitless abounds, and people see new possibilities for themselves every day.  I believe education ought to transform people by developing their skills and abilities, enabling them to appreciate who they are, and motivating them to become the best persons they can be. 

    I have been influenced by the work of Dewey, Freire, Piaget, Whitehead, Vygotsky, and Harris.

  • Educational Background
    • Teachers College, Columbia University, Ed.D. Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Teaching
    • Boston College, M.Ed., Religious Education
    • Fordham University, B.A., M.A, English
  • Additional Information

    There are few other professions where one individual can help transform the lives of other people in such immediate and life long ways.  Being an educator has helped me meet thousands of individuals, and it has enabled me to continuously learn new things every day about myself, others, and the world in which we live.

    Favorite books

    • Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire,
    • Modeling God by Joanmarie Smith and Gloria Durka, 
    • Catcher in the Rye and Franny and Zooey    by J.D. Salinger