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Lisa Oddo

Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume IV

REMARKABLE WOMEN - These stories are meant to inspire and encourage women to realize their true potential.

Lisa Oddo





Lisa Oddo

Lisa Oddo is an educator of children with special needs at the elementary and middle school levels. She has B.A. in Early Childhood Education and a M.T.L. in Teacher Leadership. Her master’s project was bound and is available for use at Elmhurst College, where she received both degrees. Lisa has taught children of various ages, abilities, and needs over the past 25 plus years. It is important for her to help each child learn from the academic/social/physical skills and strengths they have and use those as a springboard for growth. She is active at the local and regional level of the Illinois Education Association for the support staff in her school district.

Lisa has always had a passion for editing and writing. She edited Misfortune, a short story that was included in a book of poetry and essays titled Eclectic beyond the Skin. The second writing is a fiction novel with many Chicagoland references, called Relic of the Cross. Lisa has been invited to write a story of her faith journey to be included in a chapter for themed books. She was asked to write the story of the passing of her mother to breast cancer, from her recollections as a child. Many individuals will share their perspectives with the purpose of assisting others with the loss of loved ones to the various forms of cancer.

Lisa is very active at Bloomingdale Church where she is a part of the choir, worship team, Women’s Bible study, greeter, usher, nursery helper, and adult education teacher. She is also president of her association board, and a member/past Co-President/Philanthropic Chair/Mayor’s Charity Ball committee-Women’s Club of Addison Your Plan for my Destiny-a faith song is in the works.



Lisa Oddo




Faith is the Backbone to our Faith

Positive living strategies and faith in Christ help us grow, change, and handle life’s challenges. We all experience difficult periods in our lives. We have the choice to wallow in the difficulties or look for ways to feel lifted up and proceed ahead. My story is about the loss of my parents and how my brother and I learned to continue forward with school, work, property, a home, and each other. Both of us had to grow up quickly and become responsible and independent.




Susan M. Sparks

Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume III

STRONG WOMEN - These stories are meant to inspire and encourage women to realize their true potential.


Susan M. Sparks

Susan M. Sparks is a writer, photographer, and author of The Student Life Jacket.
A story teller from an early age, Susan self-published her first book about wild horses in the 5th grade. She continued creating compelling content earning a B.S. degree in Photojournalism from Ball State University.

As the wife of a naval officer, she moved around the world to exotic locations, such as Sicily and Guam, and the not-so tropical Maryland and Illinois, observing, recording and reporting on the people and places. She adapted her talents to fit the location, working as a freelance writer, wedding photographer and Navy Public Affairs contractor punctuated by motherhood and a smattering of curious and quirky gigs in between.

Susan describes moving around the world, discovering new cultures, and keeping a family organized as an out-of-the-frying-pan-into-the-fire training program that included volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and super typhoons along with the continual upheaval of several military moves.

Back home again in Indiana, Susan provides ghostwriting, editing services and encouragement to entrepreneurs, aspiring authors, and business owners through her company, ASAP Writing Services. Her book, The Student Life Jacket, is an organizer with a slice of motherly advice for college students and young adults.


Susan M. Sparks
ASAP Writing Services








The Riches in a Rag-Tag Resume

Every time I’d get settled, it was time to move – and for a young professional woman, it meant another dreaded gap in my resume. It was that carefully crafted quilt of abilities and accolades meant to emphasize my qualities and value as a worthwhile worker bee. Despite five and ten year plans, vision boards, and affirmations for success, I barely kept a job for more than three years. While others were getting raises and promotions, I was unpacking boxes in Sicily or riding out a typhoon on Guam. What I feared was my greatest shortcoming; my rag-tag resume, became my richest reward.




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