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Interview with Horizon Retiree Mrs. O’Hern 

Updated: May 13

Written by Ellie Jackson, Taksheel Shah, Becket Wall, Liam Zahn, and Nora Zoltan


How long have you been teaching? 

I have been teaching for 34 years. I taught for 32 years in Pewaukee and the other two years in Marysville, TX. 


What made you decide to become a teacher? 

My 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Lantz, was the best and inspired me to become a teacher. 


What is your favorite memory of Horizon School?

I love Camp Whitcomb because I love seeing kids enjoying themselves outdoors, and I like March Madness because I like all the excitement.


What is the biggest struggle you overcame during your career?

Being a mom and a teacher, I want to do 100% at both. 


What are you most proud of? 

I am most proud of former students who are making a difference and doing well in the outside world.


What are your plans for the future?

I want to be the best grandma to my grandsons, grow a garden, and travel.


In what ways have you demonstrated and encouraged the CARE Graduate Competency in your professional career at Horizon? 

Care competency is my greatest strength, and I work very hard to teach my students what it is like to care for others through many service projects. We collect soda tabs, make Valentine cards for nursing homes, plant the school garden, make fleece blankets for those in need, and make braided toys for HAWS. In the past, my students got a handicapped swing at the Village Park, cleaned up the Pewaukee River, collected milkweed pods for planting to save the monarchs, and got collections going for families in need, 9/11 and earthquake victims. All of these and more are what make students appreciate others and care.

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