Mr. Odom became Director of Schools on July 1, 2012. He previously served as the district’s assistant superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. He is a lifelong resident of Rutherford County and has spent his entire education career with Rutherford County Schools. A graduate of Lascassas School, Mr. Odom earned his bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degrees from Middle Tennessee State University.
He began his career in education as a math and reading teacher at Kittrell School and later moved to Oakland High School as a math teacher and department chair. He was named the principal of Smyrna Elementary School in 1975 before becoming the first principal of David Youree Elementary School in 1976, a position he held for 22 years.
Mr. Odom moved to the central office as the district’s attendance coordinator in 1998 before being named an assistant superintendent overseeing the district’s instruction department in 2003. During his time as an assistant superintendent, the district achieved several significant academic achievements, including maintaining some of the highest scores and rankings in Tennessee and beyond.