High School Teachers

Karina Byers

HS Spanish

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Karina is a native Spanish speaker from Santiago, Chile. She has been living in North Carolina since 2009 and became a US citizen in 2016. She studied at Universidad Nacional Andrés Bello in Chile and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Karina taught elementary and middle school for 8 years in Santiago before moving to the United States. In addition to teaching, Karina also was a private tutor for students with academic support needs and was also involved with many social and community outreach programs in her native Chile. 

Since coming to the United States, Karina has continued her passion for Education by teaching the Spanish language and culture to students from ages 3 to 65 years old. She teaches private lessons and also taught in a middle school preparing students for advanced High School credits. Karina was also responsible for leading student trips each year to a bilingual school in Heredia, Costa Rica, sharing information and ideas with educational professionals from there.

In her free time, she loves spending time with her husband, two daughters, and dogs. Biking, hiking, exploring nature, dancing, cooking, and traveling are her favorite hobbies. 

“Fue el tiempo que pasaste con tu rosa lo que la hizo tan importante” El Principito.


Haviva Dror

Haviva Dror, Pre-K Lead Teacher

Pre-k Director

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Haviva Dror holds an AAS degree in Early Childhood Education and a certificate in Special Education. She has been an Early Childhood educator since 2003. 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. Over the years this has given her the opportunity to continue her journey with some of her former preschool students. Haviva is happy to share her Hebrew knowledge with her Odyssey students as well.

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 continue her journey here at Odyssey!


Sunshine Pugh

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Sunshine is a current undergraduate student at Connecticut College in New London, CT, and an Asheville native and graduate of Odyssey. She has been working with kids either in summer camps or as an ultimate frisbee coach since 2016. She is planning to major in art and education with the possibility of a minor in botany. Her favorite mediums are collage, drawing, painting, and jewelry making but is truly happy indulging in and teaching any form of art.
Most of the time, Sunshine is either throwing herself into her course work, spending long hours in the sculpture studio as a tutor, or on the ultimate frisbee field. Hiking, spending time with friends and family, learning, artwork, and social justice are some of her greatest passions.


Neal Harris

Neal Harris is an International Life Master chess player, a ranking few chess players ever achieve, and one of only 10 members of the N.C. Chess hall of fame. He has been teaching chess since the early 1990’s. Mr. Harris has a joyful style of teaching and enjoys sharing the game he loves with his students. 


Adam Lion

Middle and High School P.E. and 3-4 Afterschool Teacher

In 2016, Adam left his small hometown of Ashland, Oregon to attend the University of Tennessee and throughout the years has fallen in love with the mountains and people of Southern Appalachia. He joins Odyssey School after teaching at Nature’s Way Montessori School in Knoxville and is excited for the challenge of working with multiple age groups in varying capacities in his new position(s). He has taught students ranging from kindergarten to college-age and is constantly surprised by their unending wisdom and creativity. Adam holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Oregon University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 

Away from Odyssey, Adam focuses on making music as a percussionist and teaching privately. Described as a “wide-ranging artist” by The Nashville Scene and “one of Knoxville’s most engaged and adventurous improvisers” by the Big Ears Festival, his work explores experimental percussion music, new composition, and improvisation. He regularly collaborates with cellist Ashlee Booth as Two-Way Street, an ensemble dedicated to commissioning new work, and with double-bassist Matt Nelson as an improviser. Additionally, Adam has performed across the United States in a multitude of venues, festivals, and universities. His recordings can be heard on the Astral Spirit and Innova labels. In his free time, Adam enjoys long-distance backpacking, trail running, anti-capitalism, and vegan food.

 

 


Grayson Morris

Asheville Teacher

Virtual Camp Teacher

Grayson Morris has worked as a teacher, tutor, camp counselor, school bus driver, nanny, teaching artist, and mentor for over 15 years. With a lateral entry teaching license in ESL, an Early Childhood Credential, Masters level education in teaching reading, work experience as a Title I reading assistant in Buncombe county schools and as an Odyssey PreK teacher, Grayson’s experience working with children is varied and deep! She is very excited to be back at Odyssey this summer!

Grayson is also a performing artist and puppeteer and has led workshops for children and adults, toured the US with her one woman show, and currently divides her time between living in Asheville and Los Angeles. She loves to learn and teach, but more than anything, she loves to have fun!



T.K. Young

Private School PreK Teacher T.K. Young

PreK Team Teacher

T.K. holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a minor in early-childhood education. She has been a teacher for the past 5 years and feels very fortunate to be able to facilitate so much learning and developing with children. She is looking forward to a great year ahead!

When she’s not working, she enjoys hiking and going on adventures in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She was born and raised in Asheville, but feels like there’s always a new trail or waterfall to explore! She also enjoys doing yoga to add some calmness and peace to her busy days.


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Katherine Rains

Black Bears Counselor

Katherine Rains is a sophomore at Appalachian State University. She grew up in Charlotte, NC but recently moved to Asheville with her family while she attends school in Boone. She is loving the mountain life and studies Art Education.

Katherine has worked at children’s camps before in Charlotte, has worked as a full-time nanny, and taught children’s swim lessons at the YWCA while also working as a lifeguard. She loves working with children and encouraging creativity. She is very excited to be part of the unique environment at the Odyssey School and learn from the children and fellow counselors. She feels inspired by their message of unbound play and creativity in such a safe, expressive community.


Jeff Wilson

High School Math Teacher

Jeff Wilson is an Asheville native and loves the mountains of WNC. A graduate of TC Roberson High School, he grew up playing football and baseball in the community. He continued his education at Appalachian State University earning a degree in Mathematics and minor in Computer Programming. While working at A.C. Reynolds HS teaching Mathematics and APCS, he attained his masters degree from WCU. Jeff taught high level mathematics at Reynolds for 28 years, where he also coached the boys and girls tennis team and is an avid player still today. He enjoys activities such as tennis, hiking and the gym.


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