Lynn O'Donnell has taught for over 30 years in Yonkers, NY. She was born in the Bronx, NY. Her grandparents all emigrated from Ireland. Lynn's paternal grandfather was in the longshoreman's union and her maternal grandfather was in the operating engineers union. Both her parents were also union workers. Her father was an operating engineer and her mother a nurse. This gave her a great respect for unions as she was able to see firsthand how they supported her family over the years.
Although she has retired from teaching, she still works very closely with her union. She co-chairs several committees including the Retiree, Human and Civil Rights, and the Women's Committees. She is also the Consultant for the Retiree Council's 14, 15 and 16 for NYSUT.