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Mr. O'Grady
Teacher/Tutor for Academic Intervention

This 2016-2017 school year will be my fourth year on-staff at this amazing school in this wonderful school district. This school year, I will be an Academic Intervention Tutor and an 8th grade Social Studies/American History Inclusion Tutor at Rocky River Middle School. 
My goal is to help our students to believe in themselves and to achieve academic success! By training, I am a Social Studies teacher (grade 7-12 teaching license, Master of Education degree). 
I am proud to be the Advisor for our Student Council and Advisor for our National History Day Club at Rocky River Middle School and Rocky River High School. In the past two years, I have been honored to be awarded the National History Day Teacher of the Year for Cleveland District 3 and NHD Teacher of the Year for Ohio.
I was very honored to be selected at a 2016 Normandy Scholar to travel to Normandy, France this summer (June 18-30, 2016) to study the D-Day Invasion with 15 teachers and 15 students from across the USA (including RRHS student Teagan Smith). I was also honored to be one of 25 teachers selected for a week-long program this summer (July 24-30, 2016) to study the Lincoln Assassination at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C.
I am a proud parent of three children: Bridget, Ryan and Michael. (Shown in the photo below is wife Kim, son Ryan - a recent Ohio University grad - and son Michael, currently attending Ohio University.) My wife is a teacher in the Cleveland Municipal School District. Also shown below is our family dog, Buddy.

If you are one of my students, welcome! I look forward to working with you as your tutor this school year to help you to "Be Great!" 

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About Mr. O'Grady

  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree (Curriculum & Instruction), Cleveland State University, 2012
  • Integrated Social Studies teaching license (grades 7-12)
  • Advisor, Student Council, RRMS, 2016-2017
  • Advisor, National History Day Clubs, RRMS & RRHS, 2013-2017
  • Ohio Teacher of the Year for National History Day, 2015 
  • Attended the 2015 National History Day national competition at the University of Maryland as a nominee for the Patricia Behring National Teacher of the Year Award.
  • NHD Teacher of the Year, Cleveland District 3, David Van Tassel Award, awarded 2016
  • 2016 Normandy Scholar, Normandy France, June 2016)
  • Participant, Ford's Theatre teacher program on the Lincoln Assassination & Reconstruction, July 2016
  • United States Air Force Officer: Jet pilot training and served as USAF Intelligence Officer, 1st Lieutenant, USAF
  • Congressional Intern, U.S. Congress on the staff of Congressman Ron Mottl, Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.
  • Legislative Intern, Ohio State Legislature in Columbus, Ohio
  • Graduate Assistant, Cleveland State University History Department, 2012
  • 7th grade Head Football Coach, Rocky River Middle School, 2013, 2014 & 2015
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science, Kent State University
  • Proud father of three children. My wife, Kimberly, is a 6th grade teacher in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District