Pre-k Lead Teacher
Haviva Dror holds an AAS degree in Early Childhood Education and a certificate in Special Education. She has 17 years of experience as an Early Childhood educator. As a teacher, Haviva believes in creating a nurturing, loving, and caring environment where each child is treated as an individual with respect and compassion.
Haviva truly believes that strong social/emotional skills are THE most important indicator for success, not only in school, but also in life. Mindfulness and meditation are two of the tools Haviva uses in her classrooms to help children with self-regulation, focus, and body awareness. She teaches children to listen to their bodies’ needs, and recognize the feelings they are experiencing.
While early childhood education is Haviva’s passion and the career path she has chosen, she also teaches Hebrew at Congregation Beth Israel. Over the years this has given her the opportunity to continue her journey with some of her former preschool students.
In her spare time, Haviva practices yoga and meditation, enjoys spending time with friends and family, and continues to deepen her knowledge in a wide array of subjects. Haviva considers herself a lifelong learner and is excited to start a new adventure here at Odyssey!
Camilla Bellows holds a Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies from Furman University and is currently enrolled in a graduate certificate program at Appalachian State University to receive her B-K License in North Carolina. As a teacher, Camilla believes in being an advocate for children with and without disabilities by creating an inclusive environment that promotes play, creativity, and fostering a lifelong love of learning.
In addition to Camilla’s passion for early childhood education, she enjoys being a strong advocate for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through her involvement in an organization called Best Buddies that promotes one-to-one friendship and inclusion among people with disabilities.
In her spare time, Camilla enjoys trips to the farmers market, visiting the parkway, long walks with her dogs, spontaneous day trips, spending time with friends and family, practicing Spanish conversationally, and trying new recipes via Pinterest! Camilla considers herself a bubbly extrovert and is thrilled to start a new adventure here at Odyssey!
Early Education Director and PreK Team Teacher
Courtney Fincher is the director of the Odyssey Pre-Kindergarten program. She values the opportunity to nurture children through the rapid growth of early childhood and she believes it is never too early to instill the concepts of self-knowing, communication, compassion, and community.
Courtney strives to support the children in developing self-confidence in balance with interdependence. It is her goal that children leaving her class will have a core understanding of themselves and the skills that will serve them in every aspect of life. Courtney values working in a school where children can experience the developmental spectrum from early childhood through high school.
Courtney holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of West Virginia and has extended her coursework in the field of Early Education. She carries her love of service, psychology, and healing arts into her relationships with the children.
She is particularly interested in Interpersonal Neurobiology (the study of how relationships shape our brains) and what creates resiliency. She trained in Circle of Security in 2017 and now offers classes to parents on creating secure attachments. She attended the Interpersonal Neurobiology conference lead by Dr. Dan Siegel in April of 2019. She is finishing her third year of Somatic Experiencing training to deepen her understanding of the nervous system and regulation.
In harmony with the Odyssey vision, she sees a bright future for the children she teaches today, and looks forward to seeing what will happen as our special school community grows.
Courtney is engaged in our local early education professional community in a variety of ways. She has served on The AB Tech advisory committee for their Early Education program, was a NEXT Emerging Leader participant, and is a graduate of the Early Childcare Directors Institute. In 2015 she was awarded National Recognition for Childcare Excellence.