Sophi Beardslee

Social studies teacher Catherine O’Neal reads over her introductory slideshow on Back to School Knight.

Catherine O’Neal

KEEPING CALM: From instructing yoga to social studies and volleyball, Catherine O’Neal, sometimes known as Teacher O, finds optimism during her first full year at Mac. 

In early March this year, O’Neal stepped in as a long term sub for WHAP students, introducing herself to the McCallum community. 

“I feel so fortunate that I was able to sub because I was given a chance to get to know the environment and the best part of Mac- the people,” O’Neal said. “It’s a whole new adventure that totally changed my life.”

Prior to her work at Mac, O’Neal was a yoga instructor for 10 years. She plans to bring some of that expertise to the classroom. 

“I am going to host a yoga FIT and I have implemented breathing exercises in my classes,” she said.

O’Neal is also coaching freshman volleyball, holding a meaningful importance to her contribution.

“In your freshman year, it’s all about communication and learning life-long skills to keep yourself healthy,” O’Neal said. “How you show up on the court can definitely translate to how you can be in the world.”

Caption by Sophie Leung-Lieu. Photo by Sophi Beardlee.


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