Having excelled in the educational sector for 25 years, Charles M. O’Connor, M.Ed. is now a retired teacher with a plethora of memories. He currently enjoys being the owner of Lake View Restaurant.
In the first six years of his career, he was a teacher at Andrews High School in High Point, North Carolina before becoming an assistant principal at Smith High School in Greensboro, North Carolina, which he also did for six years. For the following nine years, he excelled as assistant director of bus transportation for the Greensboro, North Carolina City School District. Most recently, Mr. O’Connor served Grimsley High School as a social studies teacher and administrator, where he was also in charge of the in-school suspension and after school detention programs.
In his educational roles, Mr. O’Connor was the recipient of the Administrator of the Year Award from Smith High School in 1982 and 1985 and the Teacher of the Year Award from Andrews High School in 1979. In 2020, he was granted the Order of the Arrow and the National Eagle Scout Award from Boy Scouts of America, of which he continues to remain active. Mr. O’Connor attributes his success to his motivation and ability to set and achieve goals, as well as a rich scouting background as an Eagle Scout and camp counselor. Mr. O’Connor holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Education in educational administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1979.
In his second career endeavor, Mr. O’Connor established a well-known and highly regarded greenhouse growing company. Drawing on inspiration from his grandparents, who exposed him to vegetable growing at a young age, his inherent motivation and skills have brought him success over nearly the last decade. In this endeavor, Mr. O’Connor not only grows vegetables and flowers for farmers, including tomatoes, but also oversees the public sales and marketing of his business.
An entrepreneur at heart, Mr. O’Connor has also flourished as the owner of Lake View Restaurant in Fancy Gap, Virginia. Known for their diner style and country atmosphere, customers have enjoyed the establishment since its opening, citing it as a gem found off the beaten path. One reviewer states, “This is your classic diner! It is the only restaurant in town that is always open – regardless of the season. It is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. I have eaten here several times over the years and am never disappointed” and another recalls, “I swear, this place exemplifies the term ‘southern hospitality.’ The wait staff and the locals all were super friendly to us.”