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Newport-Mesa Unified School District Announces New Coordinator of Early Childhood Education

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is pleased to announce Michelle O’Neill as the new Coordinator of Early Childhood Education.


Ms. Michelle O’Neil has been with NMUSD since 2001, most recently serving as an autism specialist. As an autism specialist, she supports and collaborates with teachers to assist them in successfully managing and executing specialized instruction and behavior management plans tailored to students with autism. Prior to this position, Ms. O’Neill also served as an applied behavioral analysis preschool special education teacher.


Ms. O’Neill has supported general education and special education programs for students from preschool through sixth grade. She has developed and implemented curriculum for language arts, math, reading, and social skills. Ms. O’Neill has successfully built staff capacity as a mentor teacher and has been instrumental to providing preschool programs in the least restrictive environment based on federal and state guidelines.


“Ms. O’Neill has a strong understanding of preschool curriculum, child development, teacher support programs, preschool testing and the overall dynamics of a preschool classroom,” said Dr. Lori Williams, coordinator of autism programs for NMUSD.


In her new role, Ms. O’Neill will assist in the development and implementation of a staff development plan for early literacy, provide training and classroom coaching for early literacy and language development and lead staff in the analysis of student assessment data to help plan for program improvement and classroom instruction.


Ms. O’Neill received her Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, her early childhood special education credential from California State University, Fullerton and her Masters of Science Education Administration Credential from the University of California, Irvine.


Posted by: Annette Franco, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District Published:6/28/17
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