Meet Ms. O'Connell
My name is Kathleen O'Connell and I am so excited to join you on
your journey this year as you navigate our
Elementary Virtual Academy in LVUSD!
A few things to know about me:
I LOVE sloths! They remind me to slow down and breathe.
I have two kittens: Luna and Henna
I love Mary Poppins - it was my favorite Halloween costume ever!
I love working with students and families!
My favorite food is gnocchi and my favorite dessert is anything chocolate!
I have worked in LVUSD for 4 years
I earned my master’s degrees in Psychology for School Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy
These years are often drenched in play-based learning to navigate and support a child's emerging sense of self and belonging. I utilize a blend of art and play interventions to explore themes relevant to the presenting challenge, engage the problem-solving and emotional awareness faculties, and work collaboratively with the student's adults to help reinforce this growth at home.
This period of development revolves heavily around social anchoring and grounding a sense of self and sense of belonging while fostering a greater relationship with interdependence. More talk-based strategies are used to help expand awareness of the interplay between our emotions, cognitions, and behaviors and how this dynamic fuels our lived experiences.