Hailing from Frisco, Texas, Mrs. O’Hearn is one of the Mathematics instructors in TPS. She teaches multiple courses, including Algebra, Pre-Algebra, and Math Fundamentals 6. As of 2020, Mrs O has taught at TPS for fourteen years.
Erika: What led you to teach at TPS?
Mrs. O’Hearn: My children were taking some classes at TPS. They loved the teachers, the students, the fellowship, the rigor, and the Biblical worldview. I wanted to share my love for the Lord and learning with the students that came to TPS.
Erika: Why did you choose to teach?
Mrs. O’Hearn: I love seeing the light bulbs go off in a student’s “noodle!” When a student gets a concept or an idea, their countenance beams with joy and self-confidence. This warms my soul! I love watching them journey with the Lord seeing where they began in the beginning of the year and where God delivers them by the end of the year! There is nothing greater than watching the Lord grow His children for service to Him.
Erika: It says in your teacher’s short biography that you obtained an accounting degree. Why did you choose this degree?
Mrs. O’Hearn: I love to work with numbers. To see the order and beauty God created in numbers fascinates me.
Erika: How many children do you have?
Mrs. O’Hearn: I have 2 children.
Erika: Do you have any pets?
Mrs. O’Hearn: I have an Anatolian Shepherd named Jagger. He was two when we got him. We tried to rename him “Noah,” but it would not stick. He always thought we were telling him, “No!”
Erika: I also see from your teacher’s short biography that you help mothers with chronically ill children. What led you to this ministry?
Mrs. O’Hearn: I love walking alongside moms raising chronically ill children or kids with special needs. I volunteered with a ministry while in college that allowed me to work with special needs children, specifically children with Down Syndrome. They are so sweet natured and lovable. They reflect the love of Christ to me in so many ways! My son was born with many health challenges. Walking through life with him has taught me that God’s grace is not only sufficient, but it is abundant! It is a blessing to be able to walk into someone else’s suffering and be the hands and feet of Christ, lightening their burden!
Erika: What is your favorite food, your favorite Bible verse, and as a math teacher, your favorite number?
Mrs. O’Hearn: Favorite food: anything Chinese. Favorite Bible verse: 2 Corinthians 12:9: “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” Favorite number: Three. Three is symbolic of the Trinity, the triune nature of God: as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This threefold relationship forms the basis of the community and relationship we are called to live as Christians.
Erika: Do you have a favorite quote?
Mrs. O’Hearn: “Don’t miss today’s blessings by worrying about tomorrow!”
Erika: What are some of your hobbies?
Mrs. O’Hearn: Scrapbooking, cooking, and swimming.
Erika: What makes you laugh the most?
Mrs. O’Hearn: My sister doing imitations of family. At my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary, all the grandchildren stayed up late and my sister performed her imitations of us all. She had us all laughing so hard that one of my brother-in-laws fell over next to a window and broke it.
Erika: Do you have a favorite memory from a certain trip you have taken?
Mrs. O’Hearn: A trip to Windriver Ranch in Colorado was a wonderful time of family memory making, laughing, and fellowshipping when my children were young.
Erika: Do you have any words to say to the students who will be taking your classes in TPS?
Mrs. O’Hearn: Come with a spirit willing and ready to learn— that is the battle. If you bring a spirit willing and ready to learn, you will find success! Consider this: you are a student in God’s classroom learning in preparation for God’s calling on your life and to serve Him to the best of your ability. Do your best to soak up all He has to teach you in all areas of life so that you can serve Him to the best of your ability!
Erika: Thank you, Mrs. O, for your willingness to be interviewed. It has been an honor and a pleasure to get to know you better. Your answers are a great encouragement to me, and I am sure that they will be a greater encouragement to the readers. I truly hope that we will continue to see you teaching at TPS in the years to come!