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Mrs. Sandy Ward, Principal

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Mrs. Sandy Ward, Principal

Let me begin by saying that I am excited to lead W.R. Odell into the 2017-2018 school year! There are many new and exciting experiences in store for all of us!

A little bit about me...
I have been dedicated to the field of education for 20 years with a specific concentration in curriculum development, professional coaching, and providing enriching opportunities for children. My administrative experience has been shaped by five years of successful leadership as an elementary Assistant Principal at W. M. Irvin Elementary, A.T. Allen Elementary, as well as Literacy Specialist for the district. My most recent assignment as principal at R. Brown McAllister Elementary, has furthered my capacity to lead a school family in the 21st century. I am elated to bring my skills as an educational leader to W.R. Odell Elementary and to work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child’s success.

I'm a proud New Yorker, but I've come to love and appreciate life in the south. As a graduate of Syracuse University, I was afforded the opportunity to graduate with a dual degree in Elementary and Special Education. My graduate work was completed at Florida Atlantic University. My faith, my family and my friends are the backbones of my life. Without all three, I couldn't successfully do my job.

Let's make it a great year for all! Go Dragons!

Mrs. Melanie Raso, Assistant Principal

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Mrs. Melanie Raso, Assistant Principal

I graduated from the University of Nevada-LasVegas with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. As a classroom teacher, I taught kindergarten, second, third, fourth, and fifth grades. I recently earned a master’s degree in School Administration from University of North Carolina-Charlotte. I am originally from Las Vegas, Nevada and have been an educator for 17 years.

I am passionate about educating children in the most engaging and innovate ways. I consider it a privilege and honor to serve the Odell community that is rich in tradition and excellence. I look forward to partnering with families and our amazing team as we grow and develop fearless leaders and innovators for our community and country! Go Odell Nation!