2nd-3rd Grade Lead Teacher
In the summer of 2014, Robin and her family packed up all of their belongings and moved to North Carolina in search of a more natural life.
Robin received her undergraduate degree from the University of Akron in Early Childhood Education, which included Pre-K through 3rd grade age students. After teaching for a few years, she took time off to be with her two daughters, Bella and Julia. While Robin was home with her two daughters, she finished her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on reading. When both of her children entered school, Robin returned to the classroom as a founding teacher for a new charter school in Los Angeles.
In Robin’s class, students become authors using the Writer’s Workshop method and are given freedom of choice using the Daily Five program. This program allows students to choose when and where they read, write, and study phonics each day, while helping them to develop self-awareness and inner regulation and is in keeping with the Essential Learning Skills and the Integral Process of Research and Reflection.
For Robin, the most exciting part of teaching at Odyssey is the way that students integrate their subject studies within broader thematic investigations. The class will do a unit on the Cherokee Nation, a unit on the French Broad River, incorporating the principals of water and history of Asheville, as well as a unit on business and industry, focusing on a local business in Asheville, broadening our learning community to far beyond the classroom walls on Zillicoa Street. Integrating the needs and wonders of our community and the individual learner is what Odyssey is all about!
2nd & 3rd Grade Assistant Teacher
Shalene comes to us from an eclectic background in music, teaching, performance, and fitness instruction. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in vocal performance and since that time has maintained a busy performance schedule while also teaching, helping to promote Waldorf education in Asheville, developing a swim program for children with special needs and caring for her two daughters ages 12 and 10.
Shalene’s brings both music and song into everything she does, from greeting families in the morning to working with the 2nd and 3rd graders in Robin’s 2nd-3rd grade class. She most enjoys helping Robin lead students to discovery in learning through math centers, writing centers and reading. She can often be found playing music softly for the children during centering time or quiet writing time.