3-4 Faculty


Robin Skeen

Third and Fourth Grade Teacher

In the summer of 2014, Robin and her family packed up all of their belongings and moved to North Carolina in search of a more natural life.

Robin received her undergraduate degree from the University of Akron in Early Childhood Education, which included Pre-K through 3rd grade age students. After teaching for a few years, she took time off to be with her two daughters, Ella and Julia. While Robin was home with her two daughters, she finished her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on reading. When both of her children entered school, Robin returned to the classroom as a founding teacher for a new charter school in Los Angeles. 

In Robin’s class, students become authors using the Writer’s Workshop method and are given freedom of choice using the Daily Five program. This program allows students to choose when and where they read, write, and study phonics each day, while helping them to develop self-awareness and inner regulation and is in keeping with the Essential Learning Skills and the Integral Process of Research and Reflection.

For Robin, the most exciting part of teaching at Odyssey is the way that students integrate their subject studies within broader thematic investigations. The class will do a unit on the Cherokee Nation, a unit on the French Broad River, incorporating the principals of water and history of Asheville, as well as a unit on business and industry, focusing on a local business in Asheville, broadening our learning community to far beyond the classroom walls on Zillicoa Street. Integrating the needs and wonders of our community and the individual learner is what Odyssey is all about!


Carly Penny

Third and Fourth Grade Teacher

Being surrounded by artists, inventors, craftspeople, and naturalists has shaped Carly’s life. A life-long North Carolinian, she grew up in Raleigh, later living and working in Durham and Apex. She and her husband made Asheville their home in 2004. Carly is a true generalist, being involved in an array of experiences such as travel (Italy, Greece, Spain, Mexico, Canada, and much of the United States), clothing design, illustration, and flute performance. She sees everything as being connected, believing that an integral education is imperative for teaching the whole child and making meaning that lasts. She brings this into her classroom as she leads her students to think deeply about patterns from the sensorial to the philosophical. As a teacher, Carly strives to help her students have experiences that allow them to make connections across the curriculum and in everyday life.

Being an educator since 2000, Carly brings her experience as a gifted specialist for elementary and middle grades as well as her understanding and appreciation for differentiation into her classroom. She also has years of experience teaching fourth grade, third grade, reading skills, child development, clothing design, and music.

Carly holds her post-baccalaureate undergraduate degree in elementary education, retaining a concentration in design and a music minor. She earned her gifted education licensure on the masters level and she continues to be an avid learner from thought leaders on issues, new developments, and best practices in education.

When she is not teaching, Carly spends time with her daughter, Emaline, and husband, Grant. You can find them laughing, hiking, reading, and creating works of art.


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