Phone: 704-260-6030


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology NC Highly Qualified Teacher Designation -University of Rhode Island ~Graduate studies and Teaching Certification in Special Education Adapted Curriculum

Mrs. Wendy Columbus

I am so excited to begin my seventh year of teaching in the Living and Learning Classroom! This will be my 14th year at Odell. Prior to teaching, I worked as an EC Assistant in this classroom. I moved here from New York 16 years ago, where I had worked with adults with intellectual disabilities, as a teacher and then as a Medicaid Waiver Service Coordinator. I live in Concord with my husband and my rescue Chugs, Milo and Ottis, and have 3 sons.  My oldest, Tyler, just graduated with his Masters in Public Health from University of Lynchburg. My twins just turned 21. Tanner is an Assistant Manager at Johnny Brusco's Riverbend Village in Charlotte and Brycen is a Senior at Virginia Wesleyan University, finishing his degree in Biology/Marine Sciences. My boys have always loved coming into my classroom to visit when they are on break and spend time with my students. I love to spend time with my family and enjoy sports, performing arts, the outdoors and reading. I just completed and submitted my National Board Certification in the area of Exceptional Needs Specialist.
Be sure to join our class Facebook Page @ Columbus Class to check out our classroom and all the great things we are doing!
Favorite color: Green
Favorite flower: Sunflower
Favorite season: Fall
Favorite candy: Chocolate with nuts                                            
Favorite thing to do: spend time with my family
Teacher Assistants:
Ms. Marilyn Gates
Ms. Marla Bolder


*Hand sanitizer

*Paper towels

*boxes of tissues

*wipes (both Clorox and personal)

*headphones for use with computer/iPad


Other Items:

*Change of clothing (shirt, pants, underwear, socks)

*Sweatshirt to keep in the classroom

*Snacks- we will have a daily snack. We have a bin in the classroom so you may send in snacks daily, weekly or send a bag/container for your child to be stored in the bin.


*Prize box- if you are cleaning out items in your house and come across little items that could be used in our prize box, we would greatly appreciate these as well. (Mc Donald’s toys, bouncy balls, stickers, etc.) Students earn “$.10” daily if they follow all of the classroom rules during the day. When they have reached $1.00, they turn it in and get to go shopping in our prize box. Through this, they learn accountability and it also reinforces basic math skills as they are exposed to counting by 5’s with nickels.

*Homework-your child will typically have some sort of homework daily to reinforce skills/lessons that they are working on at school. On Fridays, we send home a Weekend Sheet. Please help your child fill this out as to what they did, who they saw, etc. On Mondays, as part of our Social Skills, we have a sharing time where students will share what they did over the weekend. The students really look forward to this time and it reinforces important social skills that they are developing. To start the school year, we will be focusing on getting to know you activities, things students did over the summer, learning our school wide PBIS rules and expectations and review and assessment of skills. 

Again, if there are any issues/concerns that you want to discuss in regard to your child, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am looking forward to an exciting new year!




Last Modified on October 9, 2021