Tawanda Odom is a native of Quincy, Florida and is married to Corey Odom. Together they have two daughters, Raina and Zaire. Tawanda attended Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University, (FAMU) and is a true Rattler! While attending FAMU, she first majored in Agribusiness, but recognized her calling and earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She later earned a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University.
Tawanda has taught all upper and lower levels of education ranging in grades Pre-K through 12th. She dedicated most of her time to educating students with dyslexia and English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), adult and child.
Leadership has always come natural to Tawanda as she was active in the Aspiring Leadership Program of Orange County, served as team leader for her department, media specialist, school dean and science coach. She was voted Hope Preparatory Academy’s 2017 – 2018 Teacher of the Year and recognized by the state of Florida for her students scoring high on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). She is very excited to continue aiding in her student’s success as Hope Preparatory Academy’s science professor.
Tawanda’s passion extends beyond the material of the classroom as she seeks to help students build a sturdy foundation for life. She states, “Being an educator is not a job for me, but rather a ministry…without a sturdy foundation they are sure to fail.”