On Friday, February 19, 2016, The Odyssey Family of Schools officially broke ground on a new elementary school campus, located in Sienna Hills. Holly Johnson, one of the Odyssey founders, introduced Lorrese Roer as the principal and Dr. Hugh Thompson as the assistant principal for the Sienna Hills campus. Lorrese Roer has dedicated herself to the field of education, spending many years focused on schools in Goodyear and Buckeye. Dr. Hugh Thompson has been in the field of education for over 30 years, teaching middle and high school. Dr. Hugh Thompson served with the state board for charter schools.

Craig Heustis, from the Buckeye Chamber of Commerce, was a guest speaker promoting the value of education and what Odyssey has brought to the West Valley.

The groundbreaking dedication was memorialized by scholars attending the other Odyssey campuses. Boy Scouts from the Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies and Goodyear Campus led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Nathan Packer sang the National Anthem.  Mrs. Ruiz, the Buckeye Campus Band Director, and Mr. Ocaño, the Goodyear Campus Band Director, lead their scholars in various performances throughout the event. Scholar Ambassadors, Lillee Hershberger, Liam Henry and Sarah Behling, spoke to the audience about what being an Odyssey Scholar means to them.

On behalf of all of the Odyssey founders, Holly Johnson expressed their appreciation to all the stakeholders, municipality, developers and families who embarked on this journey and made the Sienna Hills campus possible.

To follow along with the building progress, please visit www.odyprep.com or follow The Odyssey Preparatory Academy – Sienna Hills Campus on Facebook.

About The Odyssey Preparatory Academy – Family of Schools
The Odyssey Preparatory Academy is a state funded charter school that emphasizes a quality education. While striving to make education fun, Odyssey also prepares scholars for the rigor of university and to be valuable global citizens. The curriculum is cutting edge, effective, and strives to ignite the passion of life-long learning within a safe environment. For more information about Odyssey, please visit www.odyprep.com