A born and bred storyteller, Mary Virginia fills the days of K-1 students with mythic lessons taken from folktale and legend. Inspired by Joseph Campbell’s work describing the cultural basis of the hero’s journey through myth and folklore, she believes it is through learning ancient stories that truths of personal power, justice, and interpersonal understanding are embodied.
Mary Virginia passionately enjoys teaching at Odyssey, guiding her young students to see purpose and meaning in their academic lessons, celebrating their shifts in understanding, and helping them learn how to manage their energies, through imaginative play, social skills and the developmental tasks related to academics.
A graduate of Loyola College of Maryland (Bachelor of Elementary Education) with graduate-level work in special education, Mary Virginia has also earned a Masters of Appalachian Studies from Appalachian State and a Masters of Library and Information Science from UNCG. In 2011, she completed a post-master’s level CASE (Advanced Study in Education) degree from the Notre Dame of Maryland University.
First Grade Teacher
Craig moved to Asheville from Atlanta, GA after traveling throughout the United States, Central America, and Israel. Because of his extensive travels, Craig has immersed himself in different cultures and brings that knowledge and understanding to the classroom. He is passionate about emerging mathematics and early childhood development. His most recent Professional Development projects have focused on cultivating grit and empowering students to develop strong self-organizational skills using visual organizers and cues.
Craig enjoys camping and spending time in nature. He collects artwork to mat and frame as a creative outlet.
Craig received a B.S. in Early Childhood Education at the College of Charleston. He has worked in the preschool at the Early Childhood Development Center at CofC as well as at Etz Chaim Synagogue’s preschool in Roswell, GA. Craig has been a member of our Preschool teaching team, helped to shape our Early Kindergarten program, and is now teaching First Grade.