Staff Member of the Week: Ben O’Dell


Kelsea Burns, Staff Reporter

Q: What activities were you involved in while in high school?

O: I played football, wrestling, student council. Later, I moved overseas and I played rugby, cricket, and I was a prefect at my school.

Q: Favorite color?

O: Black.

Q: Favorite song?

O: London Calling by The Clash.

Q: Favorite movie?

O: Fletch

Q: Favorite food?

O: Pizza

Q: Favorite class while in high school?

O: It was a math class, but not because I liked math but because my teacher was so amazing.

Q: Who inspires you?

O: Probably my children. I have two daughters and a soon to be step son because I’m getting married on the first of December.

Q: Favorite saying/quote?

O: I say “fantastic” all the time, the kids make fun of me for it.

Q: Favorite animal?

O: Dogs.

Q: Favorite season?

O: Fall, football season.

Q: If you could be a superhero, what would your powers be?

O: Superman, everyone wants to fly. Flying is the best.

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, who would you choose and why?

O: Sir Isaac Newton. In terms of science he’s my hero. He did three separate things in science any of which make him a legend.

Q: If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?

O: I’d pay every bill my parents have right now and I would pay my fiancée’s bills and my fiancée’s parents’ bills and my bills. I would put money aside for my kids to go to college and probably buy a new car.

Q: Using three words, how would you describe yourself?

O: Enthusiastic, committed, and entertaining.

Q: What is on your bucket list?

O: I want to take my daughters and my stepson and my fiancée and go to Europe. I’ve been several times but my kids have never been.

Q: What is your life long goal?

O: Enjoy myself, have fun, kind of like what I’m doing.

Q: Any other interesting facts about yourself that you’d like to share?

O: I lived in South Africa for two years; I graduated from high school there. This is my 15th of teaching. I’ve done lots of different things, I owned my own construction business, I worked in radio, I worked for Sprint, but I’m back to doing teaching.