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OCallaghan, Sean (K)

Welcome, humans!

I'm Sean O'Callaghan. This will be my fifth year as a teacher (an old novice - double trouble!) and I'm lucky to say that I've been a Northwood Owl for as long as I've been a teacher.

After attending school infrequently as a child, I accidentally got into the MFA program at Columbia University for fillmaking, dreaming I was going to be some trailer park, Bergman, Tarkovsky, or Satyajit Ray. More recently and more relevant to teaching, I have a Masters in Teaching from The University of Washington.

I have two children. Rainier is five and Maple is seventeen. When Maple came into my life, she evolved me and healed me in ways I never saw coming, and Rainier is knocking the rust off that imperceptibly and slowly accreted over time. Having a five  year old at nearly fifty years old feels a bit like I am raising my own grandson - Ha! This year I will have both a kindergartner and a senior. The two animals in my house are Bailey dog and Marta cat, both rescues. 

I like to run far, mostly in the mountains and in the deserts. I've completed multiple ultra marathon runs of distances up to 135 miles. Running around our brutal and beautiful mountains here in the Pacific Northwest is my favorite physical activity, and when I'm lazy, listening to records and watching films (and by watching films I mostly mean rewatching old boring, pretentious, cherished cinema gems) are my chosen activities.

I answered the call to become a teacher relatively late in life, and I am so glad I did. There is a breeze at my back when I'm doing the hard and satisfying work of distilling all the big ideas and inspirations of my life into a primary classroom setting so that my K babies may make contact with them, and thereby begin to fathom themselves and each other, my guiding question always, "What is a classroom for?" If your little sappling has been transferred into 116 soil for nine months, I am glad of it, and I hope at some point you feel the same.


Sean O'Callaghan - Kindergarten