Ms. Odell received an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, and also earned the Wilson Medal in Classics from Victoria College. Receiving her Master of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia, her research was funded in part by a Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
“As the Latin Subject Expert Teacher, my goal is to instill a love of Classics and Latin language learning in my students,” says Ms. Odell. “There's a perception that Latin no longer has anything to offer students in our technology-driven world, but the Latin texts my students read have been copied and preserved for two thousand years for a reason! They have lasting wisdom and values for my students to read, learn, and question.”
“I love that BASIS Independent recognizes that you don't need to choose between a STEM-focused curriculum and a strong liberal arts program. My students are well-rounded with a number of different interest areas that the school encourages them to explore the world around them,” says Ms. Odell.
She continues, “My teaching philosophy is to give interesting and rigorous work, even if it’s difficult, and to trust the students to meet my high expectations.”
Ms. Odell enjoys going to the movies at least once a week, and I visiting the beach as often as possible. “Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is my favourite place in California so far,” she says.