The newly formed Charter Institute at Erskine has several new and existing schools under its jurisdiction. One of those is Odyssey Online Learning, an online public charter school that formerly operated as Provost Academy. Recently a local long-time educator was selected as Odyseey’s new Executive Director. Rodney Robinson of Greenwood is the new leader of the free online public charter school that serves high school students in grades nine through twelve around the state. He was unanimously selected by the Board of Trustees during their May meeting.
Robinson was most recently employed with McCormick County School District where he served as a counselor, instructional leader, program director and middle school principal. Prior to that, Robinson served as a counselor in Greenwood 50 at Emerald High, Greenwood High and Genesis Education Center. “I am very excited to lead the team of professionals at Odyssey Online Learning and to partner with Erskine as we move forward”, stated Robinson.
Robinson earned a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of South Carolina, Master of Education in School Counseling at Clemson University and a Master of Education in Administration with Grand Canyon University online. He and his wife, Renee, have one son and one granddaughter.
“My personal experience as an online student helps me understand the support and services that our virtual students need while taking courses toward their high school diploma”, says Robinson.
Robinson recently conferred diplomas on students who participated in graduation ceremonies in Columbia with Odyssey. Students and their teachers maintain regular communication using Skype, live lessons, emails and text messages. “Our students are located in every corner of the state and enroll with us for many reasons including the ability to work at their own pace, avoid socially anxious situations, participate in semi-professional sports and juggle the demands of taking care of a family. We also maintain regular contact with parents as well”.
Students and families interested in enrollment may visit www.odysseyonline.com for more information or call 803-735-9110.