Dr. O’Hara has an earned doctorate in mathematics education from Rutgers University in New Jersey.
She taught high school mathematics for 11 years in an urban district in New Jersey. Additionally, she taught secondary mathematics methods at Rutgers University and elementary mathematics methods at Seton Hall University.
Her research focused on students’ mathematical identity, empowerment, and accountability as they worked in online synchronous environments. Dr. O’Hara plans to continue her research on students’ mathematical identity. Her focus includes how teachers can transform their classrooms into communities of practice, utilizing discourse and technology.
In 2012, she moved to Ohio and prior to joining the CSUteach faculty, she spent two years teaching at the University of Mount Union. She is the newest addition to the CSUteach program as the Mathematics Master Teacher. She currently teaches Step 1 and Project Based Instruction for secondary mathematics pre-service teachers. Additionally, she supervises several students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.