Phone: 910.893.4013


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Mr. Tim O'Brien

Hello, my name is Tim O'Brien and I am a Special Education Teacher in my 14th year at Boone Trail. Prior to teaching at Boone Trail, I was a Special Education teacher in Wake County and in New York state. My specific job title is CCR: Cross-Categorical Resource. I provide specialized instruction based on each student's IEP (Individualized Education Program which is a plan for students identified with a category in Special Education ) with Annual Goals in Reading, Writing and Math with students in Regular Education classrooms with short classes in small groups based on their needs and abilities.  The students still receive the Regular Curriculum in their regular classroom with their peers and supplemental instruction in their identified subject. Regarding my education, I have a Master's Degree in Elementary Education and a Special Education Certification.  I am married and have two children and a dog named Tucker!  If your child is receiving Remote Instruction virtually, or they are out or you would like your child to work online, I have set up a Google Classroom called BT Special Education. To access it, click on this link: There are links to websites in the opening page called Stream which are announcements. I will update and post announcements as needed, so keep checking ! Also, there are online activities and assignments under the 2nd tab at the top called Classwork. Also, students may communicate with me electronically using their assigned Harnett County Schools' student email, which I can provide for you and your child. I consider my students my daytime family. As such, I will try to hold them accountable, push, prod, challenge and celebrate with them ! Whatever it takes to help them. I believe in building up their confidence and self-esteem. In other words, I am all about my relationships with my students!  My teaching philosophy is to establish a relationship with my students building on their strengths while recognizing their needs to provide  effective, efficient and targeted instruction. In summary, I believe every child can learn and make progress!  I consider this job an Honor, a Privilege, a Joy and a Blessing. I will make you 3 promises that I will strive for everyday with your child: They will learn, they will make progress, and they will be loved ! I look forward to helping your child learn and grow.To contact me, email me at