Meet Ms. O’Hare!
by Alicja Ramotowski
To the surprise of many Northsiders, this past summer, Assistant Principal Mr. Jeffrey Finelli departed to take the head principal job at another school. Many students were not aware of Mr. Finelli’s departure until a week or two into the school year. He had a lasting impact on the school community, as he was always in the halls making jokes and making sure the school was running well. But who will fill his shoes? Who will host pep rallies and patrol the school at every time of day? Do not fear! Ms. Kaitlin O’Hare is here!
Ms. O’Hare grew up in Bloomington, IL and attended Normal Community High School. Ms. O’Hare had wanted to be a teacher since she was a little girl, and until a couple weeks ago, did not expect a career in administration. She attended Indiana University, but transferred to University of Illinois in Champaign, majoring in English and minoring in Secondary Education. She then went on to earn her Masters in Educational Leadership at DePaul University.
Ms. O’Hare has an extensive background in education. She taught English at Lindblom High School for six years, a charter school for one year, and Roberto Clemente Community Academy for five years. At Lindblom High School, she was the English Department Chair and the head of the leadership team. While at Lindblom, she also worked with Ms. Mest. Ms. O’Hare was very surprised to receive a text from Ms. Mest detailing the opening at Northside and suggesting that she give it a try. It was a quick transition and she is still trying to plan out how all of this will unfold in the future.
After only her first few weeks at Northside, Ms. O’Hare said that, “so far it seems like a really positive, tight knit community, between students, staff, and parents.” Because Ms. O’Hare lives far away, she said that a long-term position at Northside would definitely have to include a move. She is excited to see what the future will hold and is enthusiastic to be working with at Northside. When asked if she would replace Mr. Finelli in hosting pep rallies, Ms. O’Hare replied that she is not the “peppiest” person, but maybe Mr. Smith (the other assistant principal) would be a good fit.
If you see Ms. O’Hare in the hallways, make sure to make her feel welcome and say hello!