Kindergarten teachers and staff members create lasting impressions on their students, teaching them new skills, words, and behaviors. Each new experience is a building block in a student’s educational foundation, influencing their path to higher education and beyond.
Dr. Tricia O’Loughlin, a Title I Reading Specialist at the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center, understands the importance of creating a positive foundation for students.
Dr. O’Loughlin began her career at the Kennett Consolidated School District in 2008, when she was hired as an elementary math coach. After three years, she transitioned to become a Title 1 Reading Specialist at Bancroft Elementary School for another three years. Then she moved to Mary D. Lang Elementary Center where she currently works. As a Title I Reading Specialist, Dr. O’Loughlin provides extra support in literacy skills to students of all levels. She also works with teachers as an instructional coach by providing additional resources and lessons to meet all students’ needs.
Dr. O’Loughlin is a member of the Professional Development Committee and the English and Language Arts Committee, a co-chair for Multi-Tiered Student Support (MTSS), and a data-warehouse keeper. She is also close with Mary D. Lang’s mascot, Langley the Lion.
“Working at Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center is amazing,” says Dr. O’Loughlin. “Everyone works together to benefit the children.”
One of the biggest challenges Dr. O’Loughlin faces is only having one year together before the children move on. “We build such great relationships throughout the year that it’s tough when they move on, but I am always excited to watch them grow.”
Dr. O’Loughlin earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Chester University. In 2017, she earned her Ph.D. in educational leadership from Neumann University. She enjoys putting theory into practice, bridging academia and the school setting.
Dr. O’Loughlin lives in Media with her husband Dan and their two daughters. In her free time, she enjoys reading, travelling to Ireland to visit family and friends, and going to the beach. She stays busy shuttling her daughters to their sports and band practices.
Kennett Consolidated School District is proud to feature the hardworking and dedicated staff members who make our District unique and special.