Renee O’leary

New Castle, DE | Years Taught: 1953 – 1995

Renee is a firm believer that “teaching and life should be lived to the fullest, filled with learning and laughter and brimming with love for the world around you.” Renee has spent her entire 42-year teaching career as a kindergarten teacher. She makes science a part of the kindergarten learning experience. Through her Linking Home and School with P.A.S.S. (Portable Affordable Simple Science) program, Renee introduces kindergartners to basic scientific concepts, such as the body’s five senses, shapes, colors, water, air, and different forms of matter.

Additional Recognition

  • 2002 • Chasing Rainbows Award
  • 2002 • LYSOL/NSTA Science Challenge Award
  • 2001 • Millersville Distinguished Alumni of the Year
  • 2000 • Governors Outstanding Volunteer Award
  • 1998 • Delaware Womens Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 1995 • Delaware Science Alliance Award for outstanding contributions to science education
  • 1993 • State Farm “Good Neighbor” Award for science teachers
  • 1993 • Named among the nation’s Top 20 kindergarten through 12th-grade science teachers by the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 1992 • Named the 1992 SUPERSTAR! In Education by the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce
  • 1991 • Christa McAuliffe Fellowship
  • 1991 • Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Science
  • 1982 • Delaware Teacher of the Year