Hudson Bend Middle School eighth grade language arts and teen leadership teacher Mary Anne ‘Mo’ O’Brien is the recipient of the Teacher of Honor Award from Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education.
The award recognizes teachers and university faculty members who demonstrate a commitment to integrity and high standards in the classroom. The award is given to those who show evidence of professional development, leadership, community service, and exceptional contributions to the education profession.
Ms. O’Brien has been employed at HBMS since 2013 and serves on the Campus Advisory Team, co-sponsors the National Junior Honor Society, and models best practices through the NextGEN learning initiative. She is also involved in numerous civic organizations and professional associations including the Austin Young Chamber, the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, and UTeach-Liberal Arts teacher preparation program sponsored by the University of Texas.
“Her expertise allows her to positively influence students and staff,” Kelly Freed stated, HBMS Assistant Principal. “Mo’s commitment to bettering the lives of her students one smile, lesson, and heart-felt story at a time allows her to excel in the classroom and her students to strive to become exceptional individuals. To her students, Ms. O’Brien symbolizes new perspectives, opportunities of hope, and the epitome of a caring and compassionate teacher.
In a handwritten letter, one of Mo's students wrote:
I want you to know that every night when I come home from school, I don’t tell my parents about what I’m learning in math or science, but what I have learned in ‘Teen Leadership’ that day.