Ellen Ricker

Office Assistant Ellen Ricker at Odyssey School private school

Registrar & Assistant to Admissions

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Ellen Ricker grew up in the crisp mountains of central Vermont learning the value of self-sustainability and living close to the earth. Ellen would go on to receive her Bachelors in Business from Cazenovia College in New York, and then a Psychology degree from Norwich University in Vermont. As a life-long learner Ellen has also studied primary education and biology. During this time Ellen honed her skills through opportunities with the Vermont Commission on Women and The United States Department of Agriculture. These experiences gifted her with skills in office administration, human rights advocacy, and file and data management. 

Ellen would take these skills with her when moving to Asheville in 2015. Here in Asheville she has worked in the healing arts, as well as the education sectors. Her dynamic skills and perspective are a gift to the Odyssey community! Whether it’s answering questions, facilitating ideas, or getting documents, Ellen is happy to assist you in any way possible. In her spare time Ellen enjoys spending time with her husband John and cat Opal, and of coarse playing among these ancient mountains.


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 lives of intention and purpose with an authentic sense of self.

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Community Announcements

  • Registration for Odyssey's (8) weeks of summer camp opens Monday, February 6th.
  • Odyssey to host Open House "Meet the Teachers", February 8th at 6:30 PM. Please rsvp with Admissions Director, kharkey@odysseycommunity.org. Include you name, student name and the grade you seek to learn more about.
  • Purchase "Pick Up Your Toys, Kirk" -- an amazing children's book by Odyssey kindergarten teachers, Shirley Rotolo (writer) and Sam Sole (illustrator) available now on Amazon! Be sure to list Odyssey on Amazon Smile.

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