• Governor Roy Cooper announced on July 14, 2020, that North Carolina public schools would return to school for the 2020-2021 academic year utilizing a mixture of in-person and remote learning, allowing school districts flexibility to utilize remote learning as an option.  If you would like for your child to remain at their home school and be enrolled in 100% remote learning, complete this Parent Intent Form.  Otherwise, your child will attend school 3 days a week (Tues, Wed, Thurs) in a blended remote learning environment. If you have any questions, you may call the school at 704-260-6030.

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  • ***Please see new tabs for home resouces over the next couple of weeks.  Also I have updated iReady and assigned assessments for reading and math so students can continue to do their daily math and reading lessons (goal is 80% accuracy for each lesson).  I have also signed up for Headsprout Reading Program so will be sending your child's login to you via email.  

    Plesae let me know if you have any questions or issues accessing any of the material as well as anyway that I can help support your child at home during this time.

    Stay Healthy. Be Well.

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Phone: 704-260-6030


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology -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 13th year at Odell. Prior to teaching, I worked as an EC Assistant in this classroom. I moved here from New York 15 years ago, where I had worked with adults with intellectual disabilities, as a teacher and service coordinator. I live in Concord with my husband and my new rescue puppies, Milo and Ottis, and have 3 sons in college!   My oldest, Tyler, is a senior at Roanoke College. My twins are sophomores. Tanner is attending Catawba College and Brycen is attending Virginia Wesleyan University.   My boys love to come in to visit my classroom 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 am in the process of obtaining 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- Our class can be quite COLD

*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.

*Lunch money- you may go online and put money on your child’s account or you can do so in an envelope, labeled with your child’s name, my name and indicate, “lunch” so that it does not get misplaced. Some of our students like to go through their backpacks on the busJ

*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 July 21, 2020