Lisa O'brien

    3rd grade
    I am so excited to work with you this year! This is my 14th year teaching and my 8th year teaching 3rd grade at Whittier. Prior to this, I’ve taught Kindergarten in Vietnam, ESL,  preschool, and English in China. I have worked with kids of all ages, from toddlers to adult learners in a variety of settings from childcare to outdoor backpacking and climbing.

    I received my BA in Spanish from the University of Florida. I completed my Masters of Education at Regis University in Denver.

    I love working with children to create a supportive, literacy-rich environment in which we all learn collaboratively. I love our units of study and hope our students walk away from 3rd grade with a love of learning and a desire to take action in order to respect and protect the Earth and all creatures living upon it.

    When not in the classroom, I love pottery, triathlons, travel, sewing, learning about and reenacting history, and hanging out with my birds!

    What a pleasure it is to work with you this year!

    ​Teacher Candidate Bhavani Meikandar

    I, Bhavani Meikandar, a Student Teacher, have two Masters from India and was teaching in a renowned university in India for five years.  My world expanded after my marriage and I moved to Denver in 2007. My daughter was born in 2009, and my son in 2014, and I experienced the bliss of motherhood and playing with them and other kids.  The energy and enthusiasm was contagious and that inspired me to take up a career in teaching preschoolers. Between 2012 and 2014, I worked in Bright Horizons Montessori School and Bal Swan Children’s center as a substitute teacher and enjoyed the challenges and satisfaction of nurturing young, creative minds. Now, I want to invest my time and resources for further enhancing my teaching career and joined Friends School Teacher Preparation Program to get my Teacher’s License.  I love my family, and enjoy biking, hiking, travelling, reading books to my kids.