The Odyssey School of Denver is pleased to announce a comprehensive search for its next Executive Director. As a crucial step in this process, the Odyssey board is inviting community members, stakeholders, staff, teachers, and students to actively participate in this important endeavor. A comprehensive web page has been created on the Odyssey website that will provide additional information. 

The Executive Director search will be expertly conducted by Hazard Young Attea Associates (HYA), a nationally renowned firm with a distinguished track record in educational leadership recruitment. With their expertise in identifying exceptional candidates and aligning leadership profiles with the unique needs of schools and districts, HYA will play a vital role in ensuring the selection of an Executive Director who will inspire educational excellence and innovation at Odyssey.

In its commitment to transparency, inclusivity, and collaborative decision-making, Odyssey invites all constituents to share their valuable insights, perspectives, and expectations for the next Executive Director. The board recognizes that the collective wisdom of the Odyssey community is essential in identifying the qualities and qualifications that the ideal Executive Director should possess.

Odyssey ED Finalists


April 30, 2024

Contact:  Elki Neiberger, elki@odysseydenver.org

Odyssey School of Denver Board of Directors

Announces Three Finalists for Executive Director

Finalists will visit Odyssey on May 6 and 7 and participate in final interviews on May 7

The Odyssey School of Denver Board of Directors are pleased to announce the selection of three finalists to interview for the position of Odyssey Executive Director. The board of directors conducted a comprehensive national search to find its next Executive Director. The process included a community survey, stakeholder interviews and focus groups with parents, staff and students. The board was assisted by Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA)

search firm throughout the process.

From a strong pool of qualified candidates, the interview committee made up of staff, teachers and parents conducted initial interviews last week and has narrowed the slate to Annaleah Bloom, current School Director at Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts, Colin Hynes, current Assistant Director at Odyssey and Pete Martinez, current Assistant Principal at Joe Shoemaker School in Denver.

Odyssey families will have the opportunity on Monday, May 6 to join a Q&A with each candidate via Zoom. Those joining are encouraged to participate in giving feedback on each candidate through a QR code/survey link that will be provided.

Topic: Odyssey Families & Executive Director Finalists Q&A
Monday, May 6, 2024 (Mountain Time US and Canada)
5:30 – 6:15 pm: Colin Hynes
6:20 – 7:05 pm: Pete Martinez
7:10 – 7:45 pm: Annaleah Bloom

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 880 2545 8922

On May 7, 2024, the Board of Directors will complete final interviews with each finalist. They hope to select a candidate by mid-May with a start date of July 1, 2024.

Community Open Forum/Focus Groups 

The community was invited to participate in several open forums/focus groups to provide feedback on their impressions of the district and the characteristics the board should seek in the next Executive. Additionally, HYA held additional focus groups with teachers, staff, students, and administrators, as well as civic and community leaders. Here are the results of the HYA Stakeholder Forums & Survey.

Timeline and Application

The job description and application information can be found on the HYA website: https://hyasearch.com/job/executive-director-denver-co/

*Dates are approximate and subject to change
March 22, 2024Post position; accepting applications and recruiting
April 8 -19, 2024Odyssey Community: survey available to all stakeholders
April 16 -17 -18,  2024Stakeholder interviews/focus groups/forums (above)
Week of April 25 -26, 2024Interview Committee conducts interviews – times/days TBD
Week of May 6, 2024Finalists Day at Odyssey – day
Week of May 7, 2024Board conducts final interview(s)
Week of May 15, 2024Executive Director’s hiring approved by the Board

Applications must be received by April 19, 2024. The Executive Director search is anticipated to conclude by early May 2024.