My name is Olivia Donnelly, and I am the second grade teacher here at Santa Sophia Academy! I am blessed to be teaching such a special year as my students receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist.

I was raised in Weston, Connecticut. I have two younger siblings, both of whom are still in college, and have always had lots of animals in my house. I grew up down the street from my cousins and consider them to be my closest friends. I love to exercise and do yoga to stay healthy. My second language is Spanish and I am of Hispanic heritage. I have a dog, Fiona. Traveling is my passion– I have been to all 50 states! 

I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame in 2019, where I was a member of the Band of the Fighting Irish as a piccolo player. I earned my Master of Education in Elementary Education and Tennessee Credential from Vanderbilt University in 2020. As an educator, I am passionate about fostering an environment in which students can grow into inquisitive and conscientious global citizens. I am honored to have the privilege of cultivating future generations of lifelong learners. I teach students to love learning and to care for others in their community and across the world. 

I was raised in a Catholic family with a strong foundation in faith. Teaching is my calling– I know that God created me to be a teacher. I love teaching children about the Catholic faith because I am able to encourage students to pursue the passions that Christ has instilled in them and to live out the values the Church espouses.

Thank you,

Miss Olivia Donnelly