Donna (Malley) O’Brien Named Bishop Sheen Distinguished Alumnus


“Donna is extremely organized and very child centered. She’s innovative and likes to keep up with what’s going on in education.”
– Sister Kathleen Ann Mourisse

  • Parishioner – St. Mary’s Kickapoo 
  • Husband – Timothy
  • Children – Shannon Tyre (PND’94) & Jim of Princeville, Lindsay (PND’97) & Pat Archer (PND’96) of Davenport, and Kevin O’Brien & Bernadette (PND’06) of Washington
  • Education – Holy Family, Class of 1966, Bergan High School, Class of 1970, Attended Creighton University, ’70-’71, Bradley University Graduate, BS in Elementary Education ’75
  • Teacher East Peoria District #86, ’74-’76
  • Member of American Association of University Women, ’75-’88, Board Member, ’76-’79
  • Member of St. Vincent de Paul Women’s Guild, ’77-’86, Board Member ’84-’85
  • 5th Grade Teacher St. Philomena School, ’88-’98, Served on English & Social Studies Committees
  • Teacher Peoria District #150, ’98-’00, Charter Oak, Computer teacher, Franklin Edison, 4th grade teacher, Social Studies Chair
  • 8th Grade Teacher St. Philomena School,’00-’07, 5 years as Student Council Moderator, PTO Liaison, Social Studies Curriculum Committee Chair, English Curriculum Committee Chair, Junior High Chair
  • Substitute Teacher St. Thomas the Apostle School, ’07-’11
  • Substitute Teacher St. Mary’s of Kickapoo, ’08-Present
  • Member of Pilot International, ’08-Present, Peoria Pilot Club Secretary, Midwest District Secretary, Midwest District Anchor Coordinator, 5 years, work with Peoria Notre Dame Anchors, club liaison 5 years, club moderator, 3 years to present
  • Recognized for her educational contribution to the Peoria Area TriCentennial Education Committee 1991
  • Recognized for high level immersion of social studies by leading classes into living history museums
  • Nominee for Heartland Hero Award in the Young Courage category 2007
  • Peoria 4 Years in Public Education, 18 years in Parochial Education



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