Third and Fourth Grade 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, Ella and Julia. While Robin was home with her girls, 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. She also worked in an inner-city school in South Los Angeles before moving to Asheville.
In Robin’s class, students become authors, readers, inventors, and entrepreneurs! Her systems help create self-awareness and inner regulation and in keeping with the Essential Learning Skills and the Integral Process of Research and Reflection. She also leads centering to help students connect with their internal world.
For Robin, the most exciting part of teaching at Odyssey is the way that students integrate their subject studies within broader thematic investigations. Every year we learn about cultures, ecology and do amazing projects and IRPs! It is also wonderful to have the space to teach the whole child. We have class meetings to discuss topics that are important to students like understanding each other’s feelings and needs or simply how to share the swings at recess.
Third and Fourth Grade Teacher
Being surrounded by artists, inventors, craftspeople, and naturalists has shaped Carly’s life. A life-long North Carolinian, she grew up in Raleigh, later living and working in Durham and Apex. She and her husband made Asheville their home in 2004. Carly is a true generalist, being involved in an array of experiences such as travel (Italy, Greece, Spain, Mexico, Canada, and much of the United States), clothing design, illustration, and flute performance. She sees everything as being connected, believing that an integral education is imperative for teaching the whole child and making meaning that lasts. She brings this into her classroom as she leads her students to think deeply about patterns from the sensorial to the philosophical. As a teacher, Carly strives to help her students have experiences that allow them to make connections across the curriculum and in everyday life.
Being an educator since 2000, Carly brings her experience as a gifted specialist for elementary and middle grades as well as her understanding and appreciation for differentiation into her classroom. She also has years of experience teaching fourth grade, third grade, reading skills, child development, clothing design, and music.
Carly holds her post-baccalaureate undergraduate degree in elementary education, retaining a concentration in design and a music minor. She earned her gifted education licensure on the masters level and she continues to be an avid learner from thought leaders on issues, new developments, and best practices in education.
When she is not teaching, Carly spends time with her daughter, Emaline, and husband, Grant. You can find them laughing, hiking, reading, and creating works of art.