High School Faculty
Pictured (from top left): Michele Tornio Hower, dance; Melanie Wester, drama; Melissa Myers, Spanish II; Paul Forrest, geometry; Jeff Wilson, discrete math; River Guerguerian, music; Matt Kinne, algebra; Kristin Erhard, Spanish I; Shalene Hill, music; Gabe Johnson, English; Andrew Saldino, social studies; Andrew Rabin, science
Not pictured: Mason Cooley, design; Nicholas Rake, coding; Neal Harris, chess
High School Coordinator & Social Studies Teacher
Andrew grew up in San Diego before venturing off to the University of Notre Dame to study Philosophy, Theology, and Literature in a Great Books Program. Upon graduation, he taught high school as a Mercy Corps volunteer on the Navajo Reservation, and then returned to school to get a PhD in Philosophy of Religion from Syracuse University. He worked as a Lecturer at Clemson University and an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Lees-McRae College in beautiful Boone, NC. While in Boone, he created the most ecologically progressive subdivision in the region and then went on to pursue an AMI Montessori Adolescent training.
Andrew’s “constant goal is to facilitate first class academic progress by the students.” He is a self-described “voracious lifelong reader and learner,” and he says, “This pursuit of personal growth is what I communicate to my students. I prepare students for academic success because achievement in academia is ingrained in my bones. Beyond that objective, however, lies the realm of what really matters–life’s higher aims; and my deeper purpose as a teacher will always be to awaken this pursuit of a beautiful life in my students. My best moments as a teacher involve helping students work through the emotional issues that hold the keys to their development as stable, balanced, and fulfilled human beings.”
High School Homeroom & English Teacher
Gabriel Johnson completed a B.F.A in Literature at UNC-A in 2001. As a young man, Gabriel 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, Gabriel 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, Gabriel loves exploring the natural world, hiking, playing guitar, biking and gardening. He is especially excited to be a part of the Odyssey community and loves connecting with the students, staff and parents of this exceptional institution. This is his fourth year.
High School Homeroom & Science Teacher
Andrew Rabin has recently moved to Asheville from Boston. He has taught high school science 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 recently completed 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.
His interests include spending time with his family, bird watching, cycling, playing the banjo, gardening and playing Ultimate Frisbee. He is the proud owner of a pair of fifteen year old Ball Pythons. Andrew has visited and/or lived in 45 different states, but is very happy to call Asheville and Odyssey home.