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Magnolia School Foley, AL
Subjects Taught
Language Arts, Social Studies


Auburn University - Elementary Education

University of Alabama- Master in Elementary Education



I taught sixth grade history and language arts at Opelika Middle School 2005-2006

I was a nanny for two years in and around the New York City area 2006-2008

I taught first grade at Whitesboro Elementary in Etowah County, Alabama 2009-2010

I taught sixth grade for three years at Whitesboro Elementary in Etowah County, Alabama 2010-2013




My name is Jennifer O'Donnell. I am very excited to be a member of the Magnolia School staff this year! I am excited to get to know the wonderful people here as well as share your children's educational journeys with them. 

I was born and raised in a small town called Collinsville, which is nestled between Lookout Mountain and Sand Mountain in Northeast Alabama. I graduated high school in 2001 and started my college adventure at a junior college, Snead State Community College, where I was extremely involved in their theatre program. I have always been involved in sports and theatre! After many plays and musicals, I continued to Auburn University where I was a member of the University Program Council. I still yell War Eagle :) Upon receiving my undergraduate degree from Auburn, I taught one year at Opelika Middle School. During that year of teaching, I decided that God was leading me to move away to pursue my lifelong dream of acting! Many hours online later I was onboard a plane to New York City to be a live-in nanny in the New York City area. I completed a two-year acting program with emphasis on film/television and stage. Preparing for, finding, and going on auditions was one of the most difficult jobs I have ever had; however, one of the most rewarding. I decided it was time for me to move back home in 2009. I substitute taught for one year and the following year was hired at Whitesboro Elementary School in Sardis, Alabama. I spent four absolutely wonderful years at that school learning how to be an effective teacher. The years I spent at Whitesboro were filled with new and exciting things for me! I received a Master of Elementary Education from the University of Alabama that year as well as met and married the love of my life, my husband, Jordan O'Donnell. 

Now, my husband and I feel we are in paradise here in Baldwin County. I cannot think of anything better than teaching here so close to the beach:) I am deeply grateful that God has led me to such an amazing place filled with people who truly love children and are fully invested in making them the best individuals possible. I am blessed to be able to help the children here realize their full potential and equip them with the tools they will need "to be the difference they want to see."

When I am not teaching, you can find me swimming, running, relaxing at the beach, or painting all while listening to my all-time favorite artist, the one and only, Elvis Presley. 

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