Dr. Jim Helf - Principal

    I am originally from Western New York but have spent most of my adult life in the Charlotte area. I completed my undergraduate studies at SUNY-Cortland and my graduate studies at UNC Charlotte. I have a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. I have served as a classroom teacher at the elementary level and as an administrator across elementary and high school settings.

    It is my honor and privilege to serve the students and families at Odell Primary. Our school has a rich tradition of partnering with the community and having a culture of educational excellence. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. I look forward to working with you.

    Ms. Lisa Ober - Assistant Principal
    Twitter - @LisaOber68
     Ms. Lisa Ober

    I am delighted to have the opportunity to serve the Odell community as your assistant principal! I was born and raised in Virginia but have lived in North Carolina for the last nineteen years and have called Concord home for fifteen of those.

    I received my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from James Madison University and taught in Henrico County Public Schools and Wake County Public Schools before coming to Cabarrus County. Over eighteen years of teaching I have taught every grade level but the majority of my experience has been in K-2. I am Nationally Board Certified in K-3 teaching and received my Master’s degree in School Administration from Appalachian State University.

    I have two terrific sons, Zachary and Matthew.  Zach, 24, has high-functioning autism and lives with me. During the day he receives Community Living Supports from DDR Inc. Matt, 21, graduated from Western Carolina University in May where he majored in Communications/PR.  Zach has a special and lifelong fondness for all types of dragons and I feel blessed to be an Odell Dragon. I look forward to meeting all of the WROP family and serving you to the best of my ability!

    Mrs. Annessia Lee - Dean of Students
     Mrs. Lee

    Hello Dragon Family!! I am so excited to be your Dean of Students at Odell Primary.  I am a native of Concord, NC and a product of the Cabarrus County School system from elementary to high school.  In 2007 I received my undergraduate degree in Communication Studies followed by a Masters in Elementary Education in 2009, both from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

    During my ten years in education, I taught 1st grade in Columbia South Carolina and 2nd grade at W.M. Irvin Elementary of Cabarrus County Schools.  After being in the classroom for several years, I decided to take my teaching career outside of the classroom, into a leadership role.  I attended Queens University and received my 2nd Masters in Educational Leadership.  After earning my degree, I became the PBIS/Behavior Coach at Irvin Elementary. 

    I have a wonderful husband, Brooks and a sweet baby boy name Tristan who is 8 months old.  During my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, exercising, and educating myself on how I can continue to grow as an educator.  I look forward to meeting each of you and I am so blessed to begin this new chapter in my career.  I am so excited that I have the Odell Primary staff and families to serve and enjoy.

    It is not what is poured into a student that counts, but what is planted. 

    ~Linda Conway

Last Modified on August 27, 2021