20 years later: O’Connor retires after a full and rewarding career


Photo by Caelan ’18 Staff Photographer

Dean of Faculty and mathematics instructor Sandra O’Connor will leave Marlborough after 20 years of teaching. Since 1997, O’Connor has taught Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1; in addition, she has served rotations as 7th Grade Dean, 9th Grade Dean and, most recently, Dean of Faculty. Although she said she’s sad to leave Marlborough, she knows it is time for a change.

O’Connor will be retiring and moving to San Luis Obispo with her husband. She will then travel to Ireland for a couple of weeks to visit family.

“My husband and I came here in 1986, and we’ve worked hard for the past 31 years. We thought [we should] start something new. We’re young enough to begin another part of our life, so [we decided to] change the journey that we’re on while we’re capable of making that change,” O’Connor said.

O’Connor said her time at Marlborough has been incredibly rewarding as both a teacher and a colleague and that she has made great connections with the faculty, staff, and students.

“I’m a teacher first and foremost, so I love meeting and working with the kids to hopefully teach them something along their way. I always enjoy the laughs I’ve had with the kids and my colleagues. We’ve got really good people here,” O’Connor said.

Kate Planting ’18 who was in O’Connor’s Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1 classes said she admires O’Connor’s kindness and compassion.

“Mrs. O’Connor is by far one of the most gracious, patient, and caring teachers I have ever had. I always looked forward to her classes because she never failed to make each day interesting and fun,” Planting ’18 said.

History and social sciences instructor Adam Torson said he will miss O’Connor’s helpfulness as both a friend and a resource for everyone on campus.

“Sandra is everybody’s best friend. She is funny and kind and helps you when you have any problem. She is every new faculty member’s first point of contact, and she is [each member’s] total lifeline for at least a year. I’m in year five, and she’s still a total lifeline,” Torson said.

O’Connor said that although she will miss working on campus, she is excited about what is to come.

“I’ll be sad – no question about it – but I feel like I’m leaving on a high, which is a good way to end a career. I’m looking forward to the new adventure, new beginnings of something. [My husband and I are] looking forward to taking the time to explore. The world is our oyster. It’s exciting and different and scary,” O’Connor said.