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Courtney Cain
Humanities Studio

Courtney Cain grew up in Nebraska and attended The University of Nebraska - Lincoln, where she majored in English Education. Before coming to Odyssey, she taught ninth grade English in Richmond, California (think: Northern Bay Area!). She can’t wait to be part of The Odyssey family and is especially looking forward to collaborating with students, families, and educators around a shared vision! She will be joining us as an English Language Arts teacher. In addition to her passion for social justice education, Courtney loves traveling, photography, yoga, and poetry. She also recently adopted a pet turtle named Will Rogers. 

Aaron Laniosz
NuVu Studio

Aaron Laniosz was born and raised in Illinois. He attended The University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign where he received his Master of Architecture Degree. After graduation, Aaron worked in Chicago designing tall buildings. Wanting to return to an academic environment, Aaron moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts and began teaching as a design and technology fellow at NuVu Studio, an innovation school for high school students. Last year, Aaron taught in Lakeland, Florida at a NuVuX partner school. He is excited to join the Odyssey team. In addition to teaching and design, Aaron likes to skateboard, snowboard, rock climb, and practice gymnastics. 

Alys Lee
Math Studio

Alys Lee was born and raised in Southern California.  She has wanted to be a teacher her entire life, and she is so excited to continue her dreams at Odyssey.  After graduating from the University of California, San Diego, she got her teaching credential at California State University, Northridge.   Most recently, Alys has been teaching at a high school in Huntington Park, where she has taught every grade from 9th to 12th.  


When she is not working, Alys likes to spend time with her family.  She has been married to her wonderful husband, James, for 9 years and has two very rambunctious boys who are now 6 and 7 years old.  In her spare time, Alys likes to cook and eat (eating more than cooking), read books, play video games. and board games.  

Hunter Simmons
Humanities Studio

A San Diego native, Hunter Simmons has always had a passion for learning and teaching. He studied history and English at the University of California – Santa Barbara, and soon after received his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of San Diego. Simmons officially began his teaching career in Escondido at Del Lago Academy before moving with his family to the Los Angeles area in 2018. He enjoys working with scholars to help them become global citizens: individuals who are driven to enact positive changes in the community, nation, and world through collaborative and imaginative projects. Simmons believes every scholar has a powerful voice, and he makes it his personal goal to ensure all voices are expressed and heard.


In addition, Simmons colors his environment with the help of his hobbies: music, sports, and film. He is an avid drummer and will play and perform with anyone. He is a diehard San Diego Padres fan and loves all-things Disney. He lives in Fullerton with his wife and two sons, and he his thrilled to be a part of the Odyssey team.