Teaching drama allows Mr. O’Neill to guide students outside their comfort zones where they discover self-confidence and courage. Did you know he is a collector of comic books and comic art?
Impacting Students I like to take fourth graders through the process and details of rehearsals for their musical. Their work in rehearsals culminates in the public performances where these young actors truly shine in the spotlight.
Lifelong Learner I was fortunate to attend a two-day immersion in project based learning at High Tech High in San Diego, where I learned new strategies for getting students intrigued from the first moments of launching a new project. The conference inspired me to make a big splash at the beginning of a project to grab their attention, and then space out the “wow” elements throughout to keep them engaged. This might mean offering acting students interim opportunities to perform a scene from an upcoming musical, or taking them off campus to see a live performance.
Favorite Teaching Moment When I watch a previously nervous young actor gain their confidence on stage.
Outside the Classroom I’m ... Acting in plays around town.
Favorite Play As You Like It by William Shakespeare. It contains all the comedy, romance, and drama we come to expect from Shakespeare.
Also Known As ... Chair of Visual and Performing Arts, Scheduling Committee Member, Director, Co-Creator of the Digital Media Program
Joined Graland in ... 2003
Education Graduate program, National Theatre Conservatory (Theatre) Ongoing degree with Metropolitan State University of Denver (English)
Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.