Alumni Interview

Katy (O’Connell) Gallagher ’03

June 2, 2015 by Lisa Larocca

“The teachers at St Helen prepared me for a vigorous high school and higher education career. I could always feel the passion my teachers had for their profession.”

1. What years did you attend St. Helen School? or What year did you graduate?

  • K-8 attendance, graduated in 2003

2. What do you appreciate most about the education you received at St. Helen?

  • The teachers at St Helen prepared me for a vigorous high school and higher education career. I could always feel the passion my teachers had for their profession.

3. What is your fondest memory from the time you spent as a student at St. Helen?

  • I still have a very strong relationship with many of my friends that I meet at St. Helen. I’m lucky to have friendships that have spanned over twenty years since we met in Sister Jane’s kindergarten class!

4. Tell us a little about your current position, family life personal or professional achievements?

  •  I have a unique relationship with St Helen. St. Helen School is my alma mater and taught there for four years. I went to school beginning in Kindergarten through Eighth grade. St. Helen has also been my family parish since I was a baby. I grew up in the loving environment that is St Helen and can’t imagine a better place to begin my teaching career. Being a graduate from the very school I began my teaching career at has allowed me an opportunity to work beside teachers I once had. The sheer dedication the staff has for the students is incredible and I am so luck to now be working with them. A new teacher could not ask for a better staff to work with! I am also very fortunate to have students that are eager to learn. I am truly blessed to have worked at such a wonderful school.

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About St. Helen School

Since its opening in 1954, St. Helen School strives to promote the spiritual and intellectual development of every student.  First in the State of Ohio to be certified as a Virtue Based Restorative Discipline School, students are educated in the Catholic Faith, prepared for the sacraments, and attend weekly Mass. St. Helen, located in Riverside, Ohio, is a community that celebrates diversity and welcomes families from areas including BeavercreekDaytonFairbornHuber HeightsRiverside, and military families from Wright Patterson Air Force Base.