Employee of the Month

November 2014 Faculty of the Month

Please join me in congratulating our November 2014 Faculty of the Month:

Jeff O'Connell wearing a kilt.Yes, I own a kilt, doesn't everyone?

Jeff O'Connell
Math Professor
Mathematics Department

Jeff is well known around the Ohlone community as a rigorous yet empathetic teacher who vigorously advocates for our students. At the end of his online bio, check out his short video on an effective way to deal with extra credit requests.

From Jeff's online bio:

I am a very proud community college graduate!

I graduated (barely) from high school and started attending the local community college because I could not think of anything else to do. Since I was not a good student in high school, I had a lot of catching up to do. I did not take a math class my first semester and was placed in Algebra I, which I took my second semester. It took 2 years to catch up to where I could have been when I graduated from high school and 2 more years to finish my lower division coursework. I graduated from Diablo Valley College (Go Vikings!) in 1990 with an A.A. degree. I transferred to U.C. Davis (Go Aggies!) and graduated with a degree in Applied Mathematics in 1992. In 1995, I graduated from San Jose State (Go Spartans!) with a Masters Degree in Mathematics.

Before coming to Ohlone, I taught at San Jose State, San Jose City College, and Diablo Valley College. I started at Ohlone as a part time instructor in Fall 1995 and was hired as a full time instructor in Fall 1996. I have never had the slightest desire to work anywhere else since! Go Renegades!

In my time here, I have taught all of the classes offered by the math department. I mostly teach Statistics, Calculus, Differential Equations, and Linear Algebra. Don't ask me which one is my favorite because my answer will be all of them!

I think I have the best job ever and plan to be at Ohlone College until I retire.


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