Boston Bruins Teacher Highlight and Most Valuable Teacher Nominee!

Boston Bruins Teacher Highlight and Most Valuable Teacher Nominee!


Alison O’Brien


North Attleboro School District

Classroom Team:

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

My first career was in corporate. I was fortunate enough to stay home when my daughters were babies and I would volunteer at their schools. I realized I wanted to become an educator and when my youngest went to school full time, so did I.

What has been your most memorable moment as a teacher?

I have so many, a very special one of mine was when one of my students, who was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, was given a special award during our end of the year awards ceremony. She was nominated and written about by her twin sister. Zoe passed away 3 years ago and that award is given every year in her memory. She was a treasure and showed me to live EVERYDAY to your fullest.

What is your favorite part of Future Goals and how are you using it in your classroom?

I love that the kids are always wanting to play, they don’t even know that they are learning. I have used many of the courses throughout the years. Not just math and science (which is awesome) and not during the school year, the summer slugger program is a great course, too! But other areas, from learning responsibility financially to making good choices in regards to staying healthy. We just started the SEL Compassion project, which is very important during this pandemic. Keep them coming 🙂

What was your student’s reaction to the program?

Every year when I introduce the Math and Science Bruins Courses, I love how involved they get, right away. You could hear a pin drop in class….every time they work on it in class. Every. Time.

Who is your favorite player?

I love hockey. It is really hard to have a favorite player. I love the Boston Bruins Foundation and the charity work they do. I think I have a favorite player at all different times of the year based on what they do for the community, especially children. I have several jerseys, but the ones I tend to grab most are Patrice Bergeron’s and  Brad Marchand’s.The  next ones I will be purchasing are Connor Clifton (my daughter graduated from QU and he was great during the STEM event) and Massachusetts own Charlie Coyle.