Mrs. O’Connell is from Springfield, Illinois. She went to the University of Illinois Springfield and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a certification in Mental Illness and a Substance Abuse Counselor. Mrs. O’Connell worked at the Triangle Center where she was a Therapist and Prevention Specialist. While working at the Triangle Center, she was also Guidance Counselor at Ursuline Academy. After Ursuline, Mrs. O’Connell was a Group Therapist at Lincoln Prairie Behavioral Health Center. In 2011, Mrs. O’Connell joined Lutheran High School as a Guidance Counselor. Some of her favorite hobbies are spending time with her family and friends.