As the calendar year turns, Kelowna Christian School celebrates an exciting new chapter for our community. Over the past two months our High School Vice-Principal search committee has been hard at work shortlisting, interviewing, and learning about our applicants. We had many excellent applicants for this position, the interviews were all very strong, and their God-given talents were well displayed.
It is with pleasure that we announce that David O'Dell has accepted the position of High School Vice-Principal at Kelowna Christian School. David comes to us with a wealth of experience in Christian education, beginning his time in administration in Taber, Alberta. From 2001-2017, David was the Co-Superintendent and High School Principal at Pacific Christian School in Victoria, BC. Most recently, he served as the Superintendent of Langley Christian School.
David is excited to join our team and work where he is most energized - with our students and teachers. David has many gifts and talents, including a heart for people and service. He has led an exceptional service trip to Mexico for the past 20 years, and also developed a strong modular Bible program at Pacific Christian School. This program has become a popular example for other Christian Schools across the province.
I have known David for 15 years, and have respected his servant heart and Christ-centered work throughout his journey in Christian education. He truly exemplifies our school's vision of being "a Christ-like community passionately transforming our world". As you will read in the interview below, David already bleeds our heart and mission "to educate, equip and inspire our school community to become disciples of Jesus who love and serve God and others". We are ecstatic that David O'Dell is joining our team, and know the impact he will have on our staff and students will be invaluable. David is a community builder, and has a heart that is well aligned to our school mission and vision.
HEAD OF SCHOOL
MEET DAVID O'DELL
HIGH SCHOOL VICE-PRINCIPAL
SPORTS FAN - A huge Blue Jay and Maple Leaf fan! For 55 years in fact. He actually has an unopened can of Coca Cola from the 1992 World Series! Mr. O'Dell hopes to inspire students at KCS to join the fan bus - there's always room!
OUTDOOR ENTHUSIAST - He can't get enough of God's good creation, especially on the golf course! He's an avid Brooke Henderson fan!
PASSIONATE ABOUT MISSIONS - Mr. O'Dell has gone to Vicente Guerrero, Mexico for the past 17 years with school and church teams to build homes for needy families. In total, he has helped build 48 houses, 1 church and 1 youth centre for the people of Las Aves..
TELL US MORE...
I grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario - the hub of the Great Lakes. After graduating from high school, I worked in the local steel mill for a few years until I met Cindy while on a business trip to Thunder Bay. She fell in love with me right away (is she going to read this?) and the following year I moved to Thunder Bay and we got married.
While Cindy continued working at a local law firm, I returned to school and began attending Lakehead University where I completed my B.A. and B.Ed. We moved to Taber, Alberta where I served as a junior high teacher at Taber Christian School before becoming the school principal. Fifteen years, an M. Ed. and 3 children later, we moved to Victoria, BC where I served as High School Principal of Pacific Christian School for 16 years. Our children have always attended Christian schools, and they have been blessed by their many teachers who have poured their lives into our children.
Megan is now 30 years old and is working at Langley Christian School as a student support teacher. Kylee, our middle child, is 29 years old and is an Area Roads Manager for the Ministry of Transportation working out of Penticton. Craig is our youngest (23 years old) and looking for God's leading as he has recently graduated with a BA in Business and Sport Management. As a family we love to travel, laugh and worship together. We are looking forward to serving God at KCS and calling Kelowna home!
1. How will your position impact KCS families?
My greatest joy in being a high school administrator has always been the day to day interactions with staff, students and parents. I am excited about working together as a community to bring the mission and vision of KCS to fruition in our lives. What does that look like? We will journey together to seek to know God more personally, grow in our faith and activities as disciples, and go forth in the transforming power of the Holy Spirit to be used of God for His kingdom purposes.
I look forward to connecting with parents for coffee and hearing their deep hope for their children and discussing how we might be able to realize their dreams. I'm also very excited about working with the staff to offer dynamic learning opportunities and cultivate staff leadership from within. Finally, I am eager to working side-by-side with the KCS Leadership Team under the direction of Mike Campbell to fulfill the strategic initiatives for KCS.
2. What do you look forward to doing at KCS?
I look forward to reviewing programs with the staff with an eye for enhancement and improvement. It's important that our students be thoroughly equipped both academically and spiritually for post-secondary education and whatever life may bring them. I look forward to connecting with students to encourage and challenge them to be responsive disciples who realize and recognize the high calling they have in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. Finally, I look forward to working with the KCS staff - learning and leading, leading and learning - as we develop the gifts God has given us to their fullest potential.
3. Why do you love KCS?
I love KCS because the mission, vision and core values resonate with me. They extend beyond the confines of the school and talk about being and becoming a community that is passionately transforming the world while we are being transformed. A closer read will show you that the mission and vision isn't just about the students in the classrooms - it's about a community of believers seeking to deepen their relationship with God and sharing that love with others! How can you not love that?