Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors in Early Childhood Education/Special Education University of Idaho, 2008 Masters of Education Exceptional Child (Special Education) Northwest Nazarene University, 2013 Grants: Donorschoose.org Classroom Grant for Materials (2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017) Idaho Innovation Technology Grant 2014 Capital Educators Foundation Teacher Grant 2015
Miss Molly O'Donnell
Hi! My name is Miss Molly and I am SO excited to be your child’s preschool teacher! It’s going to be a fun year full of lots of learning and new adventures. I can’t wait to see what the year has in store for us. I want to know all about you, most importantly your child, but first I’m going to tell you a few things about me.
I was born and raised in Boise, ID only a few miles from Hillsdale Elementary. I have a younger brother, who recently became engaged, and my mom lives still lives in my childhood home. My father passed away last year after battling cancer, but my parents were happily married for over 30 years. I also am a recent newlywed! I was married on New Year’s Eve 2016 to my husband, Tim. He has a large family and I inherited 10 nieces/nephews! Family is extremely important to me and my husband. Our family members are our best friends.
When I graduated from high school, I moved to Moscow, ID to attend the University of Idaho….GO VANDALS! I majored in Early Childhood Education/Special Education and couldn’t wait to graduate and start teaching! After 4 years of teaching, I began working on my Masters of Education in the Exceptional Child (Special Education) at Northwest Nazarene University and graduated in 2013.
I’ve taught preschool for 10 years in the West Ada School District, 8 of which were at Mary McPherson Elementary. It was very exciting last year to help with opening Hillsdale Elementary! I am so excited to be starting my 11th year of teaching here at Hillsdale Elementary! This also will be my 11th year teaching with my wonderful assistants, Miss Andrea and Miss Wendy. Can you believe we have been a team for 10 years?!?! I love teaching preschool because I love looking at the whole child through all the developmental domains and learning through play!
Other words to describe me…??? Hmmm....how about Pinterest Addict, Outdoor Enthusiast, Newlywed, Retired Raft Guide, Theatre & Concert Go-er, Family Oriented, Marathon Runner, Leukemia Cancer Survivor, Wanderlust Traveler, Disney Fanatic, and Vandal Alumni. I love and enjoy spending time in outdoors with my friends, family, and husband! I love traveling, hiking, camping, running, and hot yoga too!
I’m so excited for our year to start and for your child to be a part of our AWESOME class!