Faculty Thoughts Archive


  • November

    Back to the Essentials

    Boyd Grayson, Middle School Science Teacher
    Growing up in a public-school system in which a chalk board, notebook paper a pencil and a book were about the only essentials you needed to learn, I think I turned out okay. The school district also taught home economics, shop phonics along with the three R’s! The list to follow is, what I think, what today’s kids are missing out on. I know I am old fashioned, but I’m good with that.
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  • October

    The Power of Thoughts

    Amanda Bumgarner, Upper School Counselor
    Do you ever talk to yourself? Not out loud, of course, but in your mind, throughout your day?

    We all do. What we do not realize is just how powerful those thoughts and conversations are to our well-being.
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  • August

    Honor - The Currency of Relationships

    David Williamson, Honor Council Advisor / Science Department Chair
    Edited transcript of speech given at the Upper School Honor Code Signing Ceremony in August 2019.

    Honor tends to be a nebulous term that students hear often but can struggle to connect with its meaning. Those schools, like O’Neal, who are governed by an honor code, take extreme pride in its presence. I’m hoping this speech sheds some light on how honor is so critical to everything O’Neal, to everything in life.
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  • July

    Lost in the Library: On Research and Patience

    Ryan Staude, PhD - Middle School History Teacher
    “Where do I start?” This question has been posed to me scores of times over the years where I have taught a basic research methodologies class. Students spend several months producing a substantial research paper which usually numbers around 20-25 pages. At the start of the year, students express doubt that they will be able to produce such a lengthy piece of writing. As the year progresses most end up asking if the final product can be longer than 25 pages. It is not a new found passion for writing which prompts the query, but rather the treasure trove of information they have amassed through research.
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  • June

    Team Teaching

    Amanda Duffy and Julia Ambersley, Second Grade Teachers
    Community among faculty members is important. At our school, you will find a united, bonded, and professional group of educators. The support that the teachers offer to their counterparts is a key component of a successful school environment.
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  • March

    Amanda Duffy

    The Importance of Reading 20 Minutes a Day

    Amanda Duffy, 2nd Grade Teacher
    We all know reading is important to our children’s growth, but are you really aware of just how many benefits there are to reading 20 minutes a day with your child?
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  • February


    Matt Jacobs, Head of Upper School
    Frustration is not merely a state of mind, it is a powerful force. Frustration is certainly something that we have all felt at one time or another. Whether frustrated by the choices we make or by the choices others have made, or when we see hard work go unrewarded or a tremendous effort go uncredited, we feel a very deep sense of frustration.
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  • January

    A Simple yet Impactful Form of Technology

    Sarah Rojas, Lower School Spanish Teacher
    Technology comes in a variety of forms:  google cardboard, iPads, or QR codes. An ever-advancing applied science, there are technological opportunities that can help in the classroom in providing the best education for students. Although there is constantly innovation, sometimes the simplest technology can do wonders for a learner. I am talking about an interactive screen in the classroom.  
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