Integral Education is deeply rooted in a collaboration of multiple perspectives. Odyssey School aims to echo this value throughout the organization, and we begin at the top. Our school is led by a partnership: Executive Directors Coranna Adams and Megan Martell work together to guide operations, programming, faculty, and families on our unique learning adventure.
Cory Adams has lived in Asheville since 1997 and holds a degree in English literature from Warren Wilson College. As the child of two public school teachers, Cory was drawn to the non-profit world and to Odyssey through her love of learning. Her oldest son Simon entered the Odyssey Preschool program in 2008. “At the time, I was looking for a school that would lay a supportive emotional foundation while teaching our son how to learn and think—and of course have fun. As he grows older, I keep him at Odyssey because he loves it, and because I believe that Integral Education, with its focus on reflection and self-awareness is preparation every child should have to lead a successful life.” Cory has been co-leading the school since 2014.
A former business owner, Cory is responsible for managing much of the day-to-day operations, budgeting, and facilities at Odyssey. As a faculty member, she works primarily with Odyssey High School. Her focus as an administrator is on partnership and collaboration, using Dynamic Governance, the Integral Model, and Compassionate Communication to actualize on strategic planning for the school.
Megan McCarter Martell has been involved in teaching in classrooms for many years, beginning as an apprentice teacher with the SummerBridge program, now called Breakthrough Miami: an educational outreach program designed to empower students to become dynamic and successful learners, leaders and teachers. Her pathway from that first summer of teaching has meandered through a wide range of classrooms across the world, including preschool through adult education. Megan has been teaching at Odyssey since 2011, and co-leading the school since 2014, and has centered her work, both in the classroom and as an administrator, on fostering community relationships, programming partnerships, and leadership in professional learning communities.
Megan studied Creative Writing and Child Development at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, as well as Literature and Language at UNC-Asheville; she holds several professional licenses in teaching. Along with her love of art, mountains, and word play, a love of learning itself feeds her love of teaching; she is driven by her desire “to guide students and educators in their interaction with the satiating world of learning, to unlock their ultimate potential to discover through engaging research, reflection, and design, to understand, process, analyze, question, innovate, and communicate… In other words, to create brave and positive change in this vast and ever-growing world.”
Prior to moving to Asheville, Jen was the office manager of the family funeral home business in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Needless to say, getting to spend her day at Odyssey brings a lot more smiles! Jen loves to spend time with her family – and especially loves working where her daughter goes to school. Other interests include travel, camping, music, herbalism, knitting and cooking.
Admissions & Development Coordinator
An accomplished fundraiser, Kristin has more than a decade of nonprofit experience in raising private dollars from individuals, corporations, foundations and philanthropic organizations. She has effectively led board committees in public relations and fund development. As a parent to an Odyssey student and a tour guide for admissions, Kristin is excited to see on a daily basis the commitment among Odyssey teachers to guide and support students in learning deeply about themselves and the world around them.
After earning two degrees from College of Charleston, one in English Literature and the other in Sociology, Kristin helped to land nationally acclaimed educational exhibits with the Columbia Museum of Art (in South Carolina) and then later worked for the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum on Main Street. In 2008, Kristin and her husband moved to Fairview where, during the recession years, she doubled membership, surpassed revenue goals, and secured legacy gifts for Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) in Hendersonville. She has additional certification in fundraising and professional writing.
Alyssa DeRonne grew up in Northern Illinois surrounded by corn fields. Looking for a little more excitement she moved to Chicago and lived there for two years while managing a demanding catering business and café. In 2002, Alyssa moved to Tempe, Arizona to thaw out and get her associates degree. While managing the file room of the grants office at Arizona State University, she became pregnant with her first child and left the workforce to be a stay-at-home mom. When her last child reached the toddler years, Alyssa tried her hand at various entrepreneurial endeavors, and out of those endeavors LaViewEye Community Kitchen was founded. Alyssa still owns and operates this kitchen for other entrepreneurs to create their goods.
In the fall of 2017 Alyssa graduated from the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine with a certificate in community herbalism, and at the same time Venus, Orion, and Aurora began school at Odyssey. With all three kids in full-day school it was time for Alyssa to re-join the workforce. Alyssa brings many skills to the administrative office, including the priceless education of being a stay-at-home mom to three children for 10 years. Alyssa is here to help you with any questions you might have. If she doesn’t know the answer, she can get you the answer. If you can’t find Alyssa in the office, you might find her in her apothecary, foraging in the woods, or talking to trees.
Technical and Marketing Support
Eruch Adams learned about computers while working in the video game industry from 1999-2001 as well as running his own company’s IT department from 2002 until 2013 where he also took on more and more graphic design, branding, copywriting, and digital media wrangling. More recently, Eruch has written and co-produced a number of award winning short films here in Asheville, and wrote and played out a novel.
Eruch stumbled into the original Founders Day in 2007 and watched the unveiling of the Sword and the Stone that resides in Odyssey’s front yard. The Arthurian legend was a foundational part of his inner landscape so he decided this was his kind of school. When his son, Simon, was old enough to attend Pre-K the following spring, they chose Odyssey. Simon is now in the 7th grade.
Eruch has 12 years experience in counseling and helping facilitate a spiritual camp for teens and enjoys opportunities to interact with Odyssey students of all ages, from tech support for student video or writing projects to chaperoning middle school camp outs. He can often be found in the Pre K room playing with Magnatiles, ostensibly to help his youngest son transition into a school day (but really to hang out in fun land and see how many pyramids he can get on top of his other pyramids).