GIRLPOWER: Clovis Unified Superintendent inspires through education

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Dr. Eimear O’Farrell knew she wanted to work in education from an early age.

“Education, in general, is about inspiring people,” she said.

She was born in Ireland, where she taught for 10 years. In 1993, her love of learning brought her to Clovis Unified.

“I have a sister who lives here in Fresno, and I decided it would be a great opportunity to come out and teach,” O’Farrell said.

O’Farrell hasn’t left the Valley since. She taught elementary school for 10 years, then moved into various leadership roles. In 2017, she was chosen as the new superintendent.

“It was a big surprise to me!” she said.

Her goal is to uphold the district’s high standards and provide the best education for its 43,000 students. She says it’s a team effort. 

“Hiring the best role models to put in front of our kids, whether it’s the best teacher, or the best bus driver, or the best lady in the office when you walk in. Hiring the best human beings to surround our children everyday.”

One piece of advice she offers students is to be their best.

“You don’t necessarily wake up in the morning and decide to become something,” O’Farrell said. “What you should do is focus on whatever you’re doing and give it your very best, become the best version of that position.”

Dr. O’Farrell is making a difference, encouraging students to think outside the box and reach their full potential.

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