The Odyssey Family of Schools has created an environment that allows educators to work together, collaborating to make an impact on our scholars through positive synergy. All of our team members have aspirations for our scholars and they are committed to working with them to achieve their goals.
Remember why you wanted to become a teacher.
She sat in the car after the interview and took a few deep breaths. She tried to recognize the feeling of giddy that she felt at the possibility opportunity. How long had it been since she resonated with her philosophy in teaching? What happened to that spark and passion she once had in connecting with children in the classroom? Lost, she supposed, to the hours of focus on teaching to the test answers instead of stretching their young minds.
Challenging children to think for themselves? Emphasizing the importance of owning their education? Wow, mind blown! She quickly buckled her seat belt and straightened her mirror. She needed to hurry home to type her thank you note. She was going to make the most of this opportunity. She wonders if she will get the job…
Guest Teachers Welcome
The Odyssey Preparatory Family of Schools welcomes guest teachers to our family.
We have an amazing team of teachers who have contributed to our collaborative culture. Guest teachers are visiting instructors who believe in our philosophies and contribute to our scholar’s high-quality instruction on a daily basis.
Guest teachers bring a fresh perspective and make a positive difference in the education of our scholars. If you’ve considered a career change, always dreamed of being a teacher, you have a college degree and you’re looking for a flexible work schedule, applying to be a guest teacher may be for you.
Antoinette Faye was fed up with teaching. She loved connecting with the kids, but every year subjects that used to matter, like social studies and science, were increasingly absent from the curriculum. The profession she once dreamed of was filled with spoon-fed instruction, mistrust, and communication from the administration that modeled the old adage, “do as I say, not as I do.”
“I needed a change because I did not have the freedom to do what I loved every day, which is to teach. Not teaching to the whole child just didn’t feel right to me,” Fay said. “One sad example? We went on one field trip the entire five years I worked there. There was absolutely no learning outside those four walls of the classroom.”
So why choose Odyssey? Faye responded, “We are a community that is encouraged to ask, and encouraged to explore. Walking around this campus, there is an integration of children working, playing and learning. Every square inch of this campus inside and out is a classroom. There is also, boundless support from the administration, fellow teachers, aides, parents, and community volunteers. We go on trips, we have the freedom to enhance an already rich curriculum, we use our imaginations and the end product is that we help to create life-long learners. I’m so happy I took the chance to come here and I will never look back.”
Walk into Ashley Wentz’s 2nd grade classroom and the walls burst with energy and passion. She radiates a spunky enthusiasm mixed with a calming presence. Instantly she reminds you of your favorite teacher back when you were in school.
She was an east coast native who took a risk to pursue her passion in Arizona. Unfortunately, several years later, that passion developed into a draining grind where she no longer recognized the reasons she started. When she pursued new career opportunities, she confidently shares, “I was either getting hired at a charter school or I was giving up the teaching profession for good. I could not go back.”
What made a difference with Odyssey? “It amazes me how close we all are. We care about each other, the administration cares about our needs and the children here are generally very happy. The culture here is unselfish, kind and is true to our global perspective. It’s a family.”