Special Education Department
After high school, I attended Utah State University to study English teaching with an emphasis on drama and writing. My studies were interrupted for just a short time while I started my family. Since graduating, I have worked in manufacturing, owned my own art business, and started teaching! Recently, I have earned a master’s degree in instructional design and a master’s degree in special education.
I love working with children to help them reach their potential. I have taught 1st grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, art, and English. Working in a charter school is the best! It is a place where there is an environment of challenge and high expectations for students and an atmosphere of accepting the differences that make us all unique! I am excited to now be working in the special education department at Odyssey. I love finding unique solutions to help students that face challenges to learn.
I am married to a handsome Italian man who loves to restore classic Mustangs. This love runs deep in our family! We even have a grandson named Ford! I enjoy cooking Italian gnocchi, painting mixed media pieces, reading children’s literature, teaching students, and learning new things!
I am so excited to begin another year at Odyssey Charter School! I have enjoyed Odyssey, both as a parent and as a teacher, since the doors opened in 2005. My family found Odyssey when we were looking for a school that was a good fit for our kindergartner (he’s a high school senior this year!). All four of my children have attended Odyssey since then. It has become my second home as well. While at Odyssey I have taught reading and math groups, kindergarten, reading intervention, and most recently, 1st grade. I love the positive atmosphere and dedicated staff here at the school, along with the well-rounded and challenging curriculum.
I grew up here in American Fork only two miles from the school. I graduated from American Fork High School before earning my Associates Degree at Snow College. I then attended Utah State University where I attained my Bachelor Degree in Special Education with a Minor in Music. While at Utah State, I met my sweet husband of 18 years. Together we have four children – Jerek (12th grade), Landon (9th grade), Ellie (7th grade), and Brooklyn (5rdgrade). We are currently living in Saratoga Springs. I love spending time with my family whether it is camping, vacationing, or playing games around the kitchen table. I enjoy photography, traveling, spending time outdoors, and trying new things. Some of my favorite travel destinations include England, Italy, France, Czech, Austria, Hungary, New York, and Washington D.C. I love pasta, Chinese food, bread and ICE CREAM!!
I am a transplant to Utah from Chicago, Illinois. Although it is always fun to visit family, the amazing sights, and the hustle and bustle of the “Windy City”, I absolutely love Utah. I live in West Jordan, with two of my four young adult children, and five dogs.
I have been teaching special education since 2006. This is my fourth year at Odyssey Charter School. The incredible students, parents, administration, and fellow teachers has made Odyssey my favorite school I have ever taught at. My students are amazing, and I am excited to come to school each day.
Since I was 16 years old, I wanted to be a special education teacher. I took a few detours before getting around to my first love, teaching! Prior to teaching special education, I taught LDS seminary for 5 years, was an academic researcher for the U of U College of Health and School of Medicine, a therapeutic recreation specialist, and a nurse.
My hobbies are crocheting, gardening, training and placing service dogs, and reading. Books are my best friends outside my family. I could live without electronics and other media, but could not survive without books to read. My goal is for my students to become proficient readers and writers, so they too may experience the joys of reading.
“Once you learn the joys of reading, a whole world of discovery opens up and you’ll never look back.” Toby Reynolds
I have been working at Odyssey for the last 7 years. I was an instructor for 3rd grade for a couple of years and now I work with a team of Reading Specialist helping students reach Benchmark. I love the people here and the students are great!
This is my sixth year at Odyssey and I love it! The students, parents, and staff here are amazing! I am originally from Seattle, Washington, where I earned my Associates of Arts Degree from North Seattle College. I also studied at the University of Washington and Westminster College of Salt Lake City. I’m now working on my B.A. of Interdisciplinary Studies K-8 at Western Governors University. I’m a mother of three outstanding children! We have experienced that with hard work, faith, optimism, and perseverance we can overcome any trial.
“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you will learn, the more places you will go. (Dr. Seuss)”
I love to read! That’s why I am a reading specialist. There is such a joy in teaching children to read; especially when the process of reading clicks in their little minds and they can soar wherever they want to go.
This is my 12th year as a reading specialist. I received my undergraduate degree at BYU. I have worked in the alpine school district and at private and charter schools teaching everything from preschool to eighth grade in a variety of subjects. However, teaching reading is my passion and has been the basis of my post graduate work.
When I am not at work, and time permits, I can be found reading a good book. Or, I can be found spending time with my family which consists of three girls and a boy and of course my wonderful husband. We spend a large amount of time in the great outdoors camping, hiking, biking, or taking my canoe for a paddle. We also hit the beaches in San Diego, California as often as we can for that is where I was born and raised.
I am so excited to work with Odyssey again this year and to assist the teachers, staff, and children to have greater experiences with reading. I am also eager to help you. If you ever need ideas on how to help your children have success in reading at home, please feel free to contact me. Good luck on your travels while reading.
This will be my 4th year at Odyssey Charter School as a Reading Specialist. I love being part of the team here at Odyssey. I enjoy coming to work every day and seeing the children’s happy smiles, it brightens my day. Watching children succeed is the most fulfilling reward, I love what I do!
I have worked in the charter school system a total of 10 years. I worked as an instructor in Kindergarten, first, second, third, and fourth grades. I also have worked in special education as an aide to individual children.
When my youngest went to Kindergarten I spent my time volunteering in their classrooms. I loved working with the children and was so happy when I was asked to be on staff.
I was born and raised in American Fork and my husband is from Pleasant Grove. We have lived in Pleasant Grove for 24 years. I have 1 son, 2 daughters, daughter in law and the most handsome grandson. Being a grandma is the BEST!
I love camping, four wheeling, boating, and spending time with my family. Our favorite vacation was a 2 week road trip back East.
I was born in Murray, Utah and was raised in San Jose California. I have been married for 21 years and have 3 amazing boys. I attended BYU and studied Elementary Education with a Spanish Minor. I went to Argentina for a year and a half and then came back and met my husband Glen. We got married and headed off to Culinary School in Vermont! That was exciting and delicious. We have our own Catering company and that sure is fun. This is my third year at Odyssey Charter School teaching Math in the Special Education Department. I love each and everyday and can’t wait for this new school year. l love anything outdoors, sports, reading, math, and food, and of course Odyssey!
My name is Debbie Lewis and I love working at Odyssey Charter School! I was born and raised Provo, and have lived in Utah county most of my life. I graduated from BYU with my Bachelor’s degree and then got my Master’s degree in Educational Counseling from the University of Phoenix. I have worked as a school counselor for 13 years. I have worked with just about every age group, including college students, high school students, and elementary students. Elementary students are my favorite!! I have 4 children, two boys ages 13 and 9, and two girls ages 8 and 5. My husband is a coach at Brigham Young University. As a family we love watching and playing sports, going on bike rides, hiking, camping and just being together! I’m looking forward to another great year at Odyssey!
My name is Jennifer Jackman and I am lucky enough to be working with the amazing staff and excellent students here at Odyssey Charter School. This is my third year at this school and my 17th year as a Speech Pathologist. I have always had a special place in my heart for working with elementary school-age students and the more I learned about the curriculum here at Odyssey, the more I wanted to be a part of this great school.
My Motto for Speech Class is “PERFECT Practice Makes perfect”. I am a stickler for perfection when it comes to producing speech sounds correctly and I have strict requirements for students as they progress through speech sound acquisition. This is similar to my approach to practice for a student who is learning vocabulary and correct syntax too!
I graduated with a Master’s Degree from Utah State University after I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders from BYU. I knew from my very first course in this field, that this is what I wanted to do. I have enjoyed a career with training and experience in multiple settings but I have a special place in my heart for elementary schools and it’s exciting and inspiring to me to see what each unique student contributes to the world!
I have four kids ages 12,10,7 and 4. Two of my kids attend Odyssey. When we are not at school, we enjoy spending as much time outside as possible. Our goal last summer was to see how many waterfalls we could visit! My goal for this year is to slow down and enjoy the little moments with my children and your sweet kids, as well. Thank you for sharing them with me. If you have any questions or would like to observe a session of speech therapy with your child, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.