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.
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.