Washington Capitals April 2023 Teacher of the Month

Future GoalsTM Program

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Washington Capitals April 2023 Teacher of the Month


Olivia Ann O'Hara


Shawsville Middle School

Classroom Team:

Tell us about yourself!

I started teaching 6th grade science at Shawsville Middle this fall. This is my first year as a teacher. Last year, I was considering a career change. I wanted to return to my biology major roots while also staying in a community serving, people oriented industry. I love building relationships with my students and seeing them grow as humans and a (hopefully) future scientists! It’s been great to see them get engaged in the learning process and ask good questions like “will the Sun explode?” and “what kind of energy does baseball use?” I am getting involved in the local community by participating in things like a Thanksgiving food drive and a videomakers club.

What is your favorite part of the Future Goals™program? How do you see STEM in the game of hockey?

I loved the amount of options that the Future Goals Science game had. It helped us cement new content like the relationship between kinetic energy and temperature while also offering a review of science skills such as the engineering design process. Multiple options allowed for differentiation, because slower students had time to finish one module while faster students could move on to extra review-type modules.

If you played hockey, what position would you play and why?

Left bench 😀 I’m not a great ice skater and don’t know if I could keep up with the other hockey players. I did love to play street and floor hockey growing up, though. We only had a few kids on our street so we didn’t use official positions, though.