The Gillnetter

The student news site of Gloucester High School in Gloucester, MA

Breaking News
  • Don't forget your summer reading!
  • Graduation June 9th, 4:00 p.m. Newell Stadium
  • Final exams 6/11 - 6/13

The Gillnetter

The Gillnetter

Math department welcomes Kelly O’Dea

Lexi Thomas
Math teacher Kelly O’Dea settles in to her new classroom at GHS

Starting out at any new school can be weird even for new teachers, especially when you used to attend as a student.  Coming full circle may be an odd experience, but GHS Alum and new math teacher Kelly O’Dea has embraced it. 

“It’s kind of surreal,” O’Dea said. “Many of the teachers I had I am now working with. It’s definitely weird, hearing the bells and things definitely puts me back, but not as weird as I thought it would be.” 

O’Dea graduated from GHS in 2014, and attended Merrimack College right after high school. Post graduation she went right into teaching. First, at Bishop Fenwick, then at Beverly High School. It was always her plan to teach high school. 

“High school is perfect,” said O’Dea. “One, I can get into more gritty math. Two, you can just have a conversation with a high-schooler.  I have to be able to connect with my students” 

Who better to connect with students than someone who has quite literally sat in their places? O’Dea can relate to the academic struggles her students face. 

 “It was quite a challenge for me, especially in middle school and in freshman and sophomore year,” O’Dea said. “That’s probably why I became a math teacher because my math teachers really helped me get over that idea that I wasn’t good at math.” 

One goal of hers for this school year is to maintain a better work life balance, “being a teacher you just have to prioritize what’s important.” 

View Comments (1)
More to Discover
About the Contributors
Sophia Montello is a senior at Gloucester High School and a first year staff writer for the Gilnetter. In her free time she makes jewelry, practices nail art, paints and draws.  She also is the owner of four cats.  Sophia is a member of the National Art Honors Society at GHS. You can contact Sophia with story ideas at smontello014@
Lexi Thomas
Lexi Thomas, Staff Writer
Lexi Thomas is a Junior at Gloucester High School, and a second year staff member for the Gillnetter. She enjoys writing creatively and can't wait to regularly publish! When Lexi isn't writing or getting caught up on schoolwork, she has been a Varsity Cheerleader for the past three seasons with no plans of stopping! Lexi is also an aspiring photographer who has made many appearances at all-level sports events.  She is very excited to be a jack of all trades this year on the Gillnetter staff and can be reached at

Comments (1)

All The Gillnetter Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  • C

    ColeenOct 2, 2023 at 9:23 am

    Congratulations Kelly!