High School Faculty
High School Director, Homeroom & English Teacher
Gabriel Johnson completed a B.F.A in Literature at UNC-A in 2001. As a young man, Gabe pursued his love of literature in the form of songwriting, by founding and performing in several bands and musical projects here in the US, and also in Dublin, Ireland where he lived after college. As a teacher, Gabe believes that learning control of language is essential for navigating the modern world. He also believes that learning to appreciate literature is one of the most rewarding endeavors a person can pursue.
When he’s not reading, Gabe loves playing card and board games, hiking, playing guitar, biking, and gardening. He is especially excited to be a part of the Odyssey community, connecting with the students, staff and parents of this exceptional institution, and has been teaching at Odyssey since 2012.
High School Homeroom & Science Teacher
Andrew Rabin has lived in Asheville since 2014, and he has been a high school science teacher since 2001. In previous career incarnations, he was a wildlife biologist studying owls in the desert southwest, an assistant director of an environmental education camp for NY city public school kids, and the head chef of a French restaurant in Tucson, Arizona. Andrew attended Earlham College for an undergraduate degree in Biology, Prescott College in Arizona for his teaching licence, and has a Masters of Ecological Teaching and Learning from Lesley University in Massachusetts. He is a lifelong learner and is passionate about science as a means of understanding the world around us. While teaching in Boston, Andrew created a democratic science classroom as part of an action research project for his Masters degree.
Andrew’s two kids also attend Odyssey’s elementary and middle school. His interests include, bird watching, cycling, playing the banjo, gardening, Magic the Gathering and playing Ultimate Frisbee. He is the proud owner of a pair of eighteen year old Ball Pythons. Andrew has visited and/or lived in 45 different states, but is very happy to call Asheville and Odyssey home.
High School Homeroom & Mathematics Teacher
Growing up in the mountains of eastern Tennessee, Grant Yost has always had an affinity for being outside. He attended college at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on the Tennessee River, where he graduated from the Honors College with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and a focus in STEM Education. While at UTC, Grant did research in the field of Fractional Calculus with the Mathematics department and has two papers published in his name on the topic of Fractional Differential Equations. Grant is entering his fourth year teaching Mathematics at Odyssey and his first year as HS Curriculum Coordinator.
Because of his experiences with Mathematics, Grant has a deep appreciation for logic, puzzles, and the thought processes that people use to solve problems. As a teacher, he believes that every student should be well equipped to tackle any problem that he or she is faced with in life. He teaches using many tasks, puzzles, and scenarios that require students to collaborate, think logically about the situation, and discover a solution. Grant believes it is the teacher’s duty to be actively guiding and facilitating student learning while supporting independent discovery. His classroom is a supportive environment where everybody is engaged in asking questions, exploring solution methods, and enjoying the challenge of Mathematics.
Outside of the classroom, Grant spends his time playing music, climbing, dancing, hiking, playing video games, and playing board games. Grant is actively involved in Asheville’s contra, swing, and blues dancing communities as a musician, teacher, and dancer.
High School Homeroom, & Social Studies Teacher
Hadley’s intellectual passions lie in the rich borderlands of history, science and society. She earned two Bachelor’s degrees (simultaneously) from The Ohio State University: one in the Comparative Studies of Science and Technology (basically the history, philosophy and sociology of science and technology) and the other in Spanish, with a focus on Latin American Literature and Language. She went on to earn a Master’s degree in History from Appalachian State University, where her thesis was a deep dive into the history of science in Latin America. Hadley’s work on the history of science in Latin America has been published in the peer-reviewed academic journal The History Teacher. Hadley strives towards decolonizing the history classroom by highlighting diverse and often overlooked histories, as well as by engaging students in challenging and valuable discussions. In addition to being an historian and a perpetual learner, hadley is also a mother, maker, motorcyclist, metalhead, gardener and nerd.
For many years, Teri Adams studied with renowned Shanghai watercolor artist Ou Mie Shu, whom she met in New Mexico. Ou Mie Shu was a colleague of both photographer Ansel Adams and painter Georgia O’Keefe. She has also had extensive training and experience with pencil drawing and painting portraiture. She is happy to return to Odyssey High to teach Visual Art as an elective this year!
“Andábamos sin buscarnos, pero sabiendo que andábamos para encontrarnos” (“We were walking not looking for ourselves, but knowing that we were walking to find ourselves.”). –Julio Cortázar
Calie is a native of Charleston, SC and has spent the last 5 years in Asheville exploring the magically lush mountains and sparkly, brisk rivers. Calie has truly been a life-long learner of Spanish, beginning studies at 12 years old, and graduating from UGA with her Master’s degree Spanish Literature 11 years later. She has lived abroad in Spain, Argentina, and Costa Rica and has taught english at Universidad Cesar Vallejo in Trujillo, Peru. Calie has been incredibly fortunate to experience some of the most beautiful countries and people in the world (ask her about her trip to Machu Picchu- it was a gas!) In her free time, Calie enjoys cooking delicious vegan food, gardening, foraging, listening to and playing music with her partner, reading and getting outside with her trusty pup, Howie.
High School Spanish and College Readiness Teacher
Melissa has been guiding students through the college applications process since 2012, and brings thirteen years of teaching experience to her college readiness practice. A lifelong learner, Melissa holds degrees and certificates in College Counseling, Spanish, Latin American Studies, International Studies, Environmental Studies, and Women’s & Gender Studies from Ohio University, Appalachian State University, and University of California San Diego. Melissa has been teaching at Odyssey since 2015 and is the owner of Red Rover College Prep.
For fun, Melissa loves to travel, camp, hike, garden, and go on dog walks with her pups, Kaya and Tilly. She dreams of owning a camper van someday.
Administrative Advisor, Music Director, Teacher
River brings to Odyssey his rich and extensive experience as a multi-percussionist, composer, and educator. Born in Montreal, Canada to Armenian-Egyptian parents, he received his Bachelor of Music from the Manhattan School of Music Conservatory in 1989. For over 25 years, River has been performing internationally with such groups as the BBC Concert Orchestra, New Music Consort, Grammy and Oscar winning composer Tan Dun, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Tibetan Singing Bowl Ensemble, Talujon Percussion Quartet, Chuck Berry, and Ziggy Marley/Gipsy Kings project. His compositions have been commissioned and performed by chamber ensembles, universities, modern dance companies, and new music festivals throughout the U.S.
River has performed in concert halls in New York, Berlin, Moscow, Tokyo, Rome, Sydney, Hong Kong, Barcelona, Athens, Istanbul, London, and has recorded on over 150 albums and film soundtracks. In 1994, River sold all possessions, left civilization, and lived in a wildlife sanctuary in the Himalaya Mountains. This immersion in nature initiated intense research and experimentation into the physiological effect of sound on brainwave states.
In addition to working with Odyssey students in small, advanced classes and with older students on recording and album production, River also runs Asheville Rhythm and conducts rhythm and sound exploration workshops throughout the country. Visit him at www.ShareTheDrum.com.
Building & Grounds Manager, Fabrication Teacher
Clayton Hufford completed a B.F.A in Graphic Design from Bowling Green State University and an M.F.A. in Glass Sculpture from Rochester Institute of Technology. After receiving his undergraduate degree, Clayton taught glassblowing at a summer camp for high schoolers in Williamsburg, MA, and then moved to take classes and teach at Penland School of Crafts before finishing his masters. In his work at Odyssey, Clayton marries his training in art, design, and sculpture with his on-the-ground experience as a woodworker and renovator.