About OHara...
Position: American/AZ History, Government, High School 11th/12th
Room: H107
Phone: (480) 224-2269
Email: OHara

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My name is Darren O'Hara and this is my first year at Basha High School. My previous 12 years of teaching have been spent in Gilbert, Chandler, Phoenix and abroad in South Korea. I love teaching and couldn't imagine not being in the classroom as learning in my true passion. I enjoy traveling, playing and watching sports (Go Devils!), listening to podcasts, and watching my 3 year old son figure out the world.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my B.A. in Secondary Education with an emphasis in History from Arizona State University. My experience in education runs 12 years across Junior High and High School in many districts where I have had the opportunity to learn and grow from fantastic administrators, colleagues, and students of all backgrounds.

My Educational Philosophy

An engaged classroom is goal number one. My class is not inextricably bound to someone else's schedules or someone else's ideas, but rather is dependent upon the people that comprise it. I see myself as the facilitator of the room and work to create a student-centered environment where the students lead. Therefore, developing historical skills is emphasized and those skills are used to effectively and responsibly explore the historical and political topics that arise within class.

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