Megan McCarter

Director of Programs


Megan McCarter has been involved in teaching in classrooms for almost 20 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 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.”

Coranna Adams 

Director of Operations


Cory Adams has lived in Asheville since 1997, is a graduate of Warren Wilson College, has worked in Chinese medicine, and is a former business owner in the natural products industry.  She was originally drawn to Odyssey School after her son started the preschool program, “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 School partly to prepare him for the technological and design world that is becoming part of every job—and because he loves it here. A few years back, I was so taken with Odyssey School that I ‘envisioned’ a job here. Then it was a matter of pestering the Headmaster until something finally opened up.” Cory’s work evolved from bookkeeping, to administration. In her spare time, she cares for her two sons, is finishing her first novel, and produces local movies with her production company, Gorilla with a Mustache Films.

Jen Stradling

Office Manager


Originally from the mountains of South Carolina, Jen and her family moved back to her Appalachian roots two years ago when they made their home in Asheville. Immediately drawn to Odyssey School, Jen and her husband enrolled their daughter in 4th grade and a year later Jen began working in our office.  She works hard to take care of our faculty, family and student needs and does so with a smile.

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 School 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.

Dr. John Johnson, M.S., Th.D.

Founder, Consultant

How must the education of our children transform if we are to expect them to be competent and personally fulfilled adults twenty-five years from now? Answering this question is critical to the work of Dr. John Johnson, whose vision of education assimilates the integral philosophy articulated by Ken Wilber, the emergent cosmology voiced by Thomas Berry, and our cultural possibilities according to Thomas Friedman. “We have to teach today’s children how to learn, along with what to learn,” says Dr. Johnson. “We have to lead by example, invest in the self-knowing techniques of inquiry, honesty and authenticity. We have to present our students with an inclusive, integrative, and creative world.” Dr. Johnson has been at the forefront of educational change in Asheville for over thirty years. In 1979 he sponsored a conference at the UNC-A Owen Conference Center titled “Holistic Perspectives in Education and Health.” He was a founder of Rainbow Mountain Children’s School in Asheville, in the late seventies. As the executive director, Dr. Johnson extended Rainbow Mountain to fifth grade in 1991, and subsequently created The Omega Program, a holistic alternative learning experience for the middle school student, in 1993. In 2007, as a co-founder and Executive Director, he opened the doors to Odyssey Community School, welcoming a new generation of children and families into what he considers the next step in educational innovation – an integral learning community. Dr. Johnson aims not to create another “alternative educational center,” but to integrate outstanding academic reform with a deep commitment to cultivating self-knowledge.

Odyssey School is an independent, non-profit school with a focus on whole child, emotionally intelligent, personalized curriculum for students in PreK-12.

Our mission is to prepare students, families, and educators to lead the 21st century with an authentic sense of self.

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