COVID Coordinator/Office Supporthelen@odysseydenver.org
Director of Instructioncolin@odysseydenver.org
Originally from the Boston area, my wife and I have lived in Denver since 2004. My professional journey has taken me from private to charter to neighborhood public schools, from rural to suburban to urban and from New Hampshire to Massachusetts to Colorado. Most recently, I have served as the Director of Curriculum & Instruction of The CUBE School in Park Hill. I am excited to join the Odyssey crew!
I earned my B.A. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Princeton and my M.Ed. from Harvard's Graduate School of Education. My wife and I have two children, Owen and Maeve, and dog named Oakley. I enjoy cooking, eating, traveling, sports and being a dad. In my spare time, I pretend to know how to coach youth lacrosse.
I am a proud Denver native. I have been married to my husband, Phil, for 19 years. We have been blessed with one terrific son, Colton, who has recently graduated Odyssey this last spring 2015.
I am honored and excited to be the new Front Office Manager. I have been part of the Odyssey community as a parent for 9 years and have subbed in this position for approximately for 6 years.
I look forward to continuing to be involved in the strong Odyssey foundation, working alongside the amazing staff and to be gifted to work with the children.
Director of Operationselki@odysseydenver.org
I am a Denver native and graduate of Denver Public Schools. I attended the University of Colorado, Boulder and received a Bachelor's degree in Film Studies. I have two amazing children, Jack & Maggie, who are Odyssey graduates.
I have worked at Odyssey since fall of 1999! The Odyssey community is my extended family and I feel so fortunate to watch and participate in the growth and learning of so many awesome young people!
Director of Culture & Adventureryan@odysseydenver.org
Ryan resides on on stolen native land. His house in Hampden Heights and the school he teaches in stand on Tsêhéstáno (Cheyenne) and Hinono'eino (Arapaho) unceded territory. Land to make Denver was stolen through broken treaties that were never translated and probably not understood.
He is a bike commuter, bowhunter, back-country skier and human powered adventure advocate who has been an educator since 2000, starting as a wilderness therapy instructor for adjudicated youth in Montana. He began teaching Earth Systems and Biology at a large comprehensive high school in Salt Lake City in 2004 and has a Master of Science in Ecological Teaching and Learning. In 2006 he facilitated a Federal Small Schools Initiative at the high school and partnered with Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound for professional development. Since then he has stayed closely connected to the ever changing EL organization even while working as a carpenter and community organizer, teaching science electives and driving the school bus for the Salt Lake Center for Science Education. In 2014 he founded the Service and Adventure Program for Pacific Heritage Academy an EL Education K-8 public charter school and in 2019 moved back home to Denver to continue that work at Joe Shoemaker Expeditionary Learning School. He is honored and humbled to join the Odyssey community that has been a flagship for Expeditionary Learning since he partnered with them in 2006.
His heart and soul are rooted in the intermountain west bio-region but like all White Americans his relatives are immigrants. He was born in 1977 on the South side of City Park and grew up in Park Hill at 18th and Forest. This white block of a mixed race neighborhood stood in the border lands of white supremacy (East Park Hill Improvement Association circa 1931) and agitators for racial and educational equity (Park Hill Action Committee 1961). He grew up in integrated DPS schools from Park Hill Elementary (1989) to Smiley Middle (1992) to Manual High School (1996). He could call himself a Denver Native but he acknowledges the implicit and explicit bias in that term. Ryan seeks to disrupt the patterns of historical inequity from implicit and explicit oppression by disrupting Nativism and border imperialism. He honors the inherent beauty and nature of human migration while still being accountable to repair settler colonial oppression. His parents are from New York and Wisconsin. Their relatives immigrated to the U.S. from Ireland & Cornwall (Maternal) and Holland (Paternal). In his free time he works on climate justice transition campaigns and sometimes listens to youth wisdom before listening to adults.
1st Grade Assistant Teacherdeb@odysseydenver.org
Originally from the Washington DC area, I moved to Colorado after graduating from the University of Virginia for a change of scenery and a sense of adventure — I never left. Nowadays, whenever I ride a ski lift with my family, I encourage our kids to look around, take in all the incredible beauty of the landscape, and thank their lucky stars they get to call Colorado “home.”
Raised with a spirit of activism and public service, I was drawn to public education, pursued a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and earned my teaching license in Secondary English Language Arts. Since then, I have been a classroom teacher, consulted as a curriculum specialist, developed community-based educational programs and taught a wide range of learners from preschool to graduate school.
When my children were learning to read, I became fascinated by the process of literacy development and have dedicated all my recent training to early literacy and reading intervention. I look forward to working with and learning alongside Odyssey's 1st grade crews.
Art Studio Teacherbecky@odysseydenver.org
I received my BFA with an emphasis in painting and my teaching certificate from Metropolitan State University of Denver. I love being at Odyssey and helping students explore their ideas, playing with Studio materials and collaborating with others in our shared space.
When not at Odyssey, I am usually escaping to the mountains for a hike, a weekend camping trip or investigating various artist’s work throughout the Denver area.
K-3 Literacy Specialistemily@odysseydenver.org
4th Grade Teacherlaurie@odysseydenver.org
Billy was born in Rhode Island and grew up in Virginia. After graduating from Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) with a degree in music, he moved to Denver (where his father and grandparents spent much of their lives) to enjoy all that this wonderful city and its surroundings have to offer. In 2005, Billy began working at the Odyssey School of Denver as a teaching assistant. After returning to the role of student at UC Denver and earning his Master's degree in education, Billy gratefully accepted the role as a lead teacher of second and third grade in 2010. He is thrilled and proud to be a part of this committed, driven, adventurous, and compassionate crew of staff members. Some of Billy's favorite ways to pass the time outside of school include playing, listening to, and dancing to live music, and perhaps above all, skiing through heaps of powder with dear friends (many of whom are also Odyssey staffers)!
3rd Grade Teacherlisa@odysseydenver.org
I am excited to begin my second year at Odyssey as the third grade crew lead! Though I was born in Denver, I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin where I enjoyed the great, albeit muggier, outdoors through camping and biking trips with my family. After high school, I studied psychology and poverty studies at the University of Notre Dame. Upon graduation, I found the mountains were calling and I moved back to Denver where I took up teaching as an Associate Educator for 3rd grade at Ashley Elementary. I have taught 2nd and 1st grade for the past six years in DPS and I earned my Masters from Relay Graduate School of Education in 2018. I am eager to dive deeper into expeditionary learning and the culture of building life-long learners at Odyssey. The curiosities of our primary students fascinate me and I look forward to exploring the natural world with them as they make discoveries about our community and themselves. In my free time, I enjoy hiking with my dog, cooking new food, biking, and stand-up paddle boarding. My newest hobbies are watercolor painting and rock climbing. I am looking forward to learning and growing with my third grade crew this year!
3rd/4th Grade Math Teacherpaul@odysseydenver.org
Growing up in OH-IO as the youngest of six siblings I spent a lot of time trying to keep up with my brothers and sisters on all of their adventures. After graduating from Ohio University I spent several years teaching in the classroom, as well as guiding and directing various outdoor programs including 5 years as the Director of Adventure at Odyssey. This will be my eleventh year at Odyssey. What keeps me coming back is that at Odyssey, "together, students and adults discover they can do more than they thought possible and find aspects of themselves that they didn't know were there. Odyssey cultivates citizen scholars for life-long learning."
7th/8th Grade Humanities Teachercaitlin@odysseydenver.org
I'm Caitlin Eggimann and am the 7/8th grade Humanities teacher and crew leader! I grew up and went to college in Florida, where I earned my degree in Elementary Education and played soccer at Flagler College. I never thought I could live away from the beach until I discovered climbing and camping in the mountains through a middle school outdoor Experiential Education Science School I worked at in California for a year, right out of college. The love of mountains are what ultimately led me out to Denver, CO. I have been teaching elementary education to grades 1-3 and 6th for the past ten years, with the last five years at an Expeditionary Learning (EL) school in Thornton, Colorado. Once I learned about EL Education, I will never go back to the same old way of doing things. I love teaching character traits and emotional learning in the classroom. I am passionate about equity in education on all levels, and believe education should be engaging, challenging, meaningful, and adventurous! Recently, I earned my Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas online and took some time to travel the world, climb in beautiful places, soak up different cultures, and spend time with family. Now, I am excited to teach 7th and 8th graders and help raise world changers! Outside of school, I try to be outside as much as possible. I love rock climbing, mountain biking, snowboarding, soccer, park sports, and playing with my pup, Verde!
K/1 Teacher Assistantkicha@odysseydenver.org
I have been a member of the Odyssey community since 2002! I'm a Denver native growing up in Park Hill mostly. I love watching the learning that happens here every day and seeing children grow. I also love my co-workers! My family is also growing as my husband and I are very excited to have our first child this year!
Middle School Interventionistpaulf@odysseydenver.org
6th Grade Teachermegan@odysseydenver.org
7th/8th Grade Science Teacherhyungjoon@odysseydenver.org
Hyungjoon (he/him/his) is a humane educator and the 7/8th grade science teacher at Odyssey School of Denver. He has previously taught at international schools in Asia and Central America, as well as worked and consulted for various nonprofit organizations, from supporting professional development of educators to developing permaculture projects. He is passionate about social justice, human rights, and protecting and restoring the environment.
5th/6th Grade Math Teacherbrian@odysseydenver.org
EL Education School Designerlkrizsan@eleducation.org
7th/8th Grade Math Teacherian@odysseydenver.org
I am the 7/8th Math teacher, and I am so excited to bring my love for learning, math, and the outdoors to the Odyssey community! I grew up in Minnesota and studied math, music, and educational psychology at the University of Minnesota. After graduation, I moved to Colorado and immersed myself in project-based education at William Smith High School in Aurora and The CUBE in Denver. I am passionate about helping students develop their math identities through a wide range of mathematical experiences. Outside of school hours, I can frequently be found reading, trail running, and pretending I know how to cook.
Special Education Teacherkate@odysseydenver.org
I am a proud Colorado native and grew up in the Congress Park neighborhood. I have taught for over a decade and been a part of the Odyssey Crew since 2020. I am passionate about teaching students who may need a little extra support. My goal is to help them find their strengths and understand that their learning differences can actually be an advantage. In my spare time I am usually outside with my family, either biking, hiking, or on one of our many adventures. I have two young boys, James and Liam, who will hopefully become a part of the Odyssey Crew one day!
1st Grade Teacherhannah@odysseydenver.org
1st Grade Teacheranne@odysseydenver.org
2nd Grade Teacheremmap@odysseydenver.org
I am Emma Pickett and I am incredibly excited to continue my career at the Odyssey School of Denver as the new 2nd grade crew lead for the 2021- 2022 school year. I am a Colorado native and grew up in the town of Castle Rock, Colorado. I myself have a background in Expeditionary Learning, as I attended an EL school as a K-5 student. My passions for the outdoors and working with children lead me to become an elementary teacher. Graduating from the Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2018 with a degree in Elementary Education (Go Roadrunners!) My background in Expeditionary Learning as a child has carried into my adulthood and I couldn't be more excited to give back to your children the experiences that shaped me. My life’s work is to make a positive impact on each child I cross paths with. I believe in an equitable approach that creates a learning environment that is fun, engaging and full of adventure. Outside of school, I enjoy time with family, my dog Jaxson, mountain biking, or just relaxing with a good book and cup of coffee.
5th Grade Teacherlizz@odysseydenver.org
Lizz Rosene (she/her/hers) is the 5th grade Crew Lead. She started her career teaching middle school in New York City; moved to Denver for the mountains and discovered her forever teaching home in 5th grade. Lizz has led trips for students to Yosemite, San Francisco, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Rafting the Rio Grande (Odyssey), El Paso (Odyssey), and Rocky Mountain National Park (Odyssey). Outside of work you can find Lizz with a nose in a book, headed for a ride on her road bike, or cooking with her sous-chef Tang (her always hungry orange Tabby cat). She is passionate about social justice, human rights, and developing a love of reading in all students.
2nd Grade Teacherrachel@odysseydenver.org
I grew up in North Carolina with my parents, my older sister, and younger brother. I went to college at the University of North Carolina at Asheville and graduated in 2007 with a degree in literature and creative writing. After graduating, I moved to Chigasaki, Japan where I taught at a small international school for three years.
I moved to Colorado in 2010 to attend graduate school at CU Boulder. I graduated with a degree in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity in 2012. I have been teaching in Denver Public schools ever since. I am thrilled to be starting my third year at Odyssey and my 13th year of teaching. I love surfing, hiking, and traveling and I have two dogs named Boom and Basil.