Welcome Aboard Mr. O’Keefe

A new Chemistry teacher joins St. Charles High School Pirates


Cadence Halliday

Mr. O’Keefe smiling in front of B200, his Chemistry classroom.

by Cadence Halliday, Staff Writer

August 23, 2021 St. Charles High School got a new teacher in the science department. Mr. Kyle O’Keefe, the husband of Mrs. O’Keefe who is in her second year of teaching, has spread many good words to him and finally an opening appeared. St. Charles High School needed a new Chemistry teacher and since his major is in Chemistry he took the opportunity.

“I heard a lot of great things about St. Charles High from my wife,” teacher Mr. O’Keefe said.

Mr. O’Keefe has lived in Missouri his whole life. He moved from St. Anne to St. Peters when he was only 7 years old.

“I graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2018,” Mr. O’Keefe said. “I also graduated from Francis Howell Central, class of 2014.”

Mr. O’Keefe was a Physical Science teacher at Francis Howell North. He was a helpful student at Francis Howell Central in his high school years.

“I became a back up teacher in my Chemistry class and that’s what inspired me to teach,” Mr. O’Keefe said.

Not only does he have Chemistry talents. His favorite show is Scrubs, but he also knows how to play guitar, bass and a little bit of piano. 

“I feel like I have the ability to be relatable to my students and try to understand where they come from,” Mr. O’Keefe said. “If I could change one thing about my personality it would be my work ethic, I tend to let work pile up which leads to the point where I get overwhelmed, a very vicious cycle.”

He met Mrs. O’Keefe in college during his freshman year, but it was only senior year that he found a connection with her.

Basically my pick up line was, Hey we have any homework?

— Mr. O'Keefe

“Basically my pick up line was, Hey we have any homework?” Mr. O’Keefe said.

Mr. O’Keefe and Mrs. O’Keefe were college sweethearts, and here they are teaching at the same high school years later.