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Welcome Shawn O'Brien to PLHS

July 18, 2019

PLHS is excited to welcome Shawn O’Brien.  Mr. O’Brien comes to us after teaching the past eleven years at Highland Park HS in Topeka. 

            Mr. O’Brien grew up in Topeka and graduated from Highland Park High School.  After working in the construction field for several years he decided to go to Washburn University and become an English teacher.  At first, it was a love of reading and writing coupled with a desire for a meaningful career that did not include the feast or famine lifestyle of construction, but ultimately, he enjoys working with the kids and helping them to enjoy those same things.

            As a teacher at Highland Park he has taught a wide variety of courses.   After two years of teaching freshmen he began teaching Senior Composition, English 11, and Honors 12, as well as several electives over the years such as creative writing.  In 2010, they started offering AP Literature and he began a class called Film as Literature. For the last several years, Mr. O’Brien has also taught the Concurrent Enrollment Freshman Comp in a partnership with Washburn University.

            Mr. O’Brien is married to Kristin O’Brien who works as the Director of Special Education in the Shawnee Heights School District.  They have a son Conner, 22 and a daughter Riley 19, who just finished her first year at K-State.

            Outside of teaching Mr. O’Brien enjoys building projects and working with wood.  He used to do a lot of writing on the side, but ironically, doesn’t have a lot of time for that anymore. 

            When asked why he wanted to come to USD343, Mr. O’Brien responded, “Getting to know the community and working with the students.  Debate and forensics will also be a challenge that I am looking forward to.”  He also wanted to add, “I’m excited to get to know and work with the staff and families of Perry-Lecompton!”

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