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WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL — Richfield Elementary School

The following is by Stephanie Odum, principal of Richfield Elementary School. Classes begin Aug. 17.

As informal as it may be, let me start this by saying that I don’t have words to express how excited I am about coming to Richfield as principal. Truly. There are times when all the pieces fall together in a way that makes perfect sense, and this is one of those times.

Stephanie Odum

I have worked in some form with children from birth to 12th grade, although my original degree is in secondary education. Most of my time in North Carolina has been spent at Mt. Pleasant Middle School coaching track and teaching 8th grade ELA.

I received an M.Ed. in middle grades and secondary education, and then went back for a Master of School Administration. I was a NC Principal Fellow and did my internship at Mt. Pleasant Elementary.

Since coming to Stanly County, I have served as assistant principal at Albemarle Middle and West Stanly Middle.

Personally speaking, I went from being an empty nester last year when my daughter moved into her dorm at ASU, to having both her and my son who is an EMT living with me again when the world locked down this year.

I am a certified scuba diver and just took up golf. I live about 10 minutes down N.C. 49 from Richfield — the closest I have ever lived to the place I’ve worked.

My philosophy of leadership and education is grounded in support for teachers who are supporting students in pursuit of academic and social growth and a love of learning. I believe in classrooms that are inclusive, engaging, challenging and built on a foundation of positive relationships.

I know that meaningful cooperation between families and faculty is critical in determining the success of our students and our school.

And I know this is going to be a great year!

Contact: 704-961-4800 or stephanie.odum@stanlycountyschools.org.