Elementary School

About Mr. O

I am a blessed member of a family of four.  My wife, Kim, is a 5th grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary.  Madden, the Packer's fan, will soon be seven years old and is a first grader at Lincoln K-8 School.  Easton (go Vikings!) just turned five.  When I am not working with the best students in town at Folwell, there is a good chance that I am loving it up at home with my awesome family!

Outside of teaching and spending time with family, I have many interests and hobbies.  I absolutely love sports.  Over the past several years I have played basketball, volleyball, flag football, kickball, softball, and even on a vintage base ball team, the Olmsted Roosters!

In addition to playing sports, I enjoy watching them as well.  I am a fan of the Vikings, Twins, Timberwolves, Wild, and Gophers.  I watch these teams on TV, but enjoy attending games in person even more.

I have not always been a fifth grade teacher, nor will I always be one.  I started my career in the Graduate Induction program.  I was a teacher at Jefferson Elementary during the 2003/04 school year and earned a master's degree by attending night and summer classes.  I moved to Folwell the next year and taught 3rd grade for five years.  I transferred up to 5th grade for the 2009/10 school year and have been loving teaching 5th grade ever since! I finished my principal's license in the spring of 2016, but plan to spend the foreseeable future teaching here at Folwell!

I spend my summers teaching photography classes at Quarry Hill.

I take on many other responsibilities at Folwell in addition to teaching fifth grade.  Here are just a few!
  • Proud member of the Freezin' Falcons Polar Plunge team (see picture)!
  • Creator of the school blog @
  • School Patrol Coordinator
  • Spirit award assembly presenter
  • Paper plates and plastic cups provider for all staff potlucks
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