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 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 third 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 6 years. I have worked as instructor, taught ECRI for a year. 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 fifth 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 11th 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.
I was born in Murray, Utah and was raised in San Jose California. I have been married for 20 years and have 3 growing boys! Tyler who is 18 and going to Lyon France for 2 years, Jacob who is 14 and loves sports especially basketball (just like his mom), and Trevor who is 10 and loves soccer. 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 am excited to be back at Odyssey Charter School this year! 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 12 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 11 and 8, and two girls ages 6 and 3. My husband is a high school teacher and coach. 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!