Fourth Grade – Mr. Alex O’Neill

After moving from Queens, New York as a 3rd grader to Marin County, my two brothers and I enrolled at St. Raphael’s in San Rafael, and so began my education in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. It began with St. Raphael’s, continued with Marin Catholic (Class of 2007), and I went on to the University of San Francisco to graduate with a degree in Communications.

Following a few years of coaching youth and high school basketball as well as working in after-school programs, I finally decided it was time to go back to school to obtain a teaching credential. I enrolled in the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential program at Dominican University while still coaching basketball and working after-school programs, graduating in three semesters with my Multiple Subject Teaching credential. I did my student teaching in Kindergarten and 3rd grade at Coleman Elementary, where they hired me once I was finished student teaching.

I taught English Learners at Coleman until the end of this school year when I excitedly accepted the 4th grade position here at Saint Isabella!

I am a very competitive basketball player that still plays in leagues in Marin and San Francisco. The competitive juices never really left since high school, and it definitely shapes my personality in many ways! The Knicks will always be my team, but I’ve come to love the Warriors also.

My older brother lives in Novato with his wife, daughter, and soon-to-be second daughter. My younger lives in San Francisco. We all still spend every Sunday afternoon at our parents’ house in San Rafael, no matter what. It’s a tradition we hold very dear.

Mrs. Ristow left me with some amazing material, making the process of shaping this school year really fun! The religion curriculum aligns with the liturgical calendar, with a specific focus on the Holy Rosary in October and the Stations of the Cross during Lent. In December, we will host the Jesse Tree Mass and in the spring we will host the May Crowning Mass. The math, language arts, and social studies curricula are all Common-Core aligned, on top of all the great materials and ideas given to me over the summer by Mrs. Ristow.

I look forward to meeting each and every one of you, and getting to know you all and this community. Please come right up and introduce yourself if you see me around campus or at Mass on Sundays!


Fourth Grade Curriculum