Shannon O'Connor joined the lower school faculty at Columbus Academy in 2002 and took over as sixth grade social studies teacher at the start of the 2023-24 school year. He also taught sixth grade language arts and social studies in 2022-23, and fifth grade from 2015-2021. In addition to his teaching duties, Shannon also as the junior varsity boys 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