Shannon O'Connor began teaching in the lower school at Columbus Academy in 2002 and has taught fifth grade since 2015. In addition to his teaching duties, Shannon also serves on the lower school reporting committee and as the junior varsity golf coach. Prior to coming to Academy, Shannon taught for five years at Chicago City Day School and coached middle school girls basketball. Shannon and his wife Vicki have two children, son Alex ’20 and daughter Kerry ’22, as well as two dogs, Mia and Emma.

Shannon’s favorite thing about Columbus Academy

It's not one thing but a combination of a few that combine to be a favorite. The drive south on Cherry Bottom Rd. and through the school grounds that I've been doing for 16 years. The friends that my children and family have made through our years at CA. The incredible colleagues that I've enjoyed working with throughout the years. A bit of each of these combines to become my favorite thing about CA.”

Little-known fact

“I toyed with the idea of becoming a chef at one point, and still consider myself a pretty good cook.”

Favorite sports teams

“The Chargers (I want to say San Diego and can't really say Los Angeles - it's been tough to transition with that), Columbus Blue Jackets, and Ohio State Buckeyes.”

  • B.A. Miami University , Speech Communication
  • M.A.T. National-Louis University , Elementary Education