Mark O'Connor | Resident Fellow, Boston Public Schools
Mark O’Connor graduated from Boston College in 2007 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. It was during his time at BC that he discovered his passion for working with students with severe special needs by volunteering in the Buddy Program at the BC Campus School. Following graduation, Mark began his career at the Campus School, working for two years as a teaching assistant, and one year as a classroom teacher. Mark completed his master’s degree in Severe Special Education at BC in 2010, and began working as a Special Education teacher at the Carter School in Boston in September of the same year. During his four years at the Carter School, Mark completed an Ed.S. in Behavior Analysis at Simmons College and was selected to serve as the school’s Lead Teacher from 2012 till June of 2014. As Lead Teacher, Mark has worked closely with the administration and teachers at the Carter School to refine the school’s systems for data collection and analysis of student learning goals, as well as working with teachers to target smaller, more individualized learning objectives for each student at the Carter School. Mark has also prepared and led the Carter School Instructional Leadership Team for the last year.