City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley Alumni Spotlight: Dylan O’Connor ’12-’13

Written by Jeanette Trinidad, City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley Alumni ’12-’13 & Alumni Board Member 

Dylan O’Connor served as a City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley corps member at Clyde L. Fischer Middle School during the 2012-2013 academic year after completing his undergraduate career at Roger Williams University. With the support from family and friends, Dylan joined CYSJ/SV to help an important cause and gain valuable experience. As a corps member, Dylan collaborated closely with faculty to coordinate math activities, plan tutoring lessons, and build successful student relationships.

Upon completing his year of service, Dylan headed to Boston to teach secondary math – while simultaneously earning a Masters in education from the University of Massachusetts Boston – as a resident for Boston Teacher Residency (BTR). BTR recruits talented college graduates, career changers and community members of all ages and gives them the tools to make an immediate impact in the classrooms of the Boston Public Schools (BPS). Combining a yearlong classroom apprenticeship with targeted master’s-level coursework, BTR provides every Resident with the practical learning, hands-on experience and ongoing support essential to any successful career in teaching.

O’Connor is quick to appreciate his experience in City Year and it’s impact on his current career endeavors. “City Year gave me extensive experience with classroom management, designing lessons, teaching students with English as a second language, and creating math activities. This carried directly into the classroom during BTR and gave me a leg up on other residents. It also gave me a valuable perspective on the lack of equity in the public school system.” Dylan’s journey in the field of public education has been full of hard work and growth. CYSJ/SV is proud to have been part of it and share his story.

For more information on City Year’s LACY Partnership with Boston Teacher Residency, please visit


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