Meet the Teacher

  • I am so pleased to be teaching 8th grade math at Gemini Middle School this year! Through the last 20 years, I have taught math in 7th through 12th grade here in Illinois as well as in North Carolina and California. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Loyola University in Chicago and a Master of Science degree in Education Administration from National University in La Jolla, CA. Additionally, I have completed coursework and certifications at other universities including National Louis, Harvard, Northeastern, and North Park.

    I am a strong believer in the power of a growth mindset and in the notion that all of us are 'math people'! Through hard work, perseverence, postivity, and a little grit, students can reach any goal they set in math. Throughout this year we will support each other through encouragement, respect, and a sense of community. Students will be asked to speak like mathematicians, learn through their mistakes, and take academic risks in order to learn and grow.

    If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact me at dobrien@emsd63.org. 

    I look forward to a happy, peaceful, and productive school year! 

    Very truly,

    Ms. O'Brien