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Claire O'Connor, MFA

Education Unlimited - Claire O'Connor, MFA (Instructor)

Claire O'Connor, MFA — Instructor

Born and raised in California, Claire O'Connor is doing her best to travel the world. She loves scuba diving, eating spicy food, and meeting new people. She spent the last two years exploring Mayan temples in Mexico, building bridges in Malaysia, and working with students with special needs in South Africa. Next year she will have to adapt to a colder climate when she moves to Scotland.

Claire earned her B.A. in English from Yale and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Idaho. She earned her M.S. Ed. from Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus) when she joined the New York City Teaching Fellows. She has taught high school students from Casablanca to New York City, undergraduates at the University of Idaho, and Iraqi refugees in Greece. This will be Claire's third summer with Education Unlimited. Whether she's teaching creative writing or the art of the argumentative essay, she believes in student-centered learning and aims to give her students the tools to become strong readers, innovative thinkers, and confident writers.