Impact Prep's Leadership Team
Dr. Declan O'Connor
Like many Springfield students, I came from humble beginnings and it was dedicated teachers who boosted my confidence and shaped my identity as a lifelong learner. Because of this I am committed to providing students with inspired teaching, by a culturally diverse teaching staff, that will foster our students' continued confidence and growth as learners.
I am a Springfield native and a proud graduate of Springfield Central High School. After acquiring a Bachelors’ degree in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, I spent eight years working for an international CPA firm. While I enjoyed expanding my horizons beyond Springfield to the rest of the world, my upbringing virtually guaranteed that one day I would eventually come home to contribute to my community. Once I saw the impact that I could have as an educator of students who reminded me so much of myself and my friends at their age, I knew my purpose. I believe that to prepare students for an ever-changing world it is critical that we help them develop the skills to reason, persevere in problem solving, make arguments and critique the arguments of others. Once equipped with these abilities they will be able to shape their own futures.
Chief of Operations
I have lived in Springfield, MA, for most of my life and am very hopeful for our community. I graduated from The Springfield High School of Science and Technology then attended American International College where I received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice. After working with families in the community for some time, I returned to school and received a master’s degree in Public Relations. Now, my goal is to ensure Impact Prep runs smoothly and efficiently. I work everyday to create an environment where students feel empowered to grow and learn from creative teachers to who have what they need to effectively teach.