Rita Austin graduated from the College of William and Mary with a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology in 1995. She has been a substitute teacher in Virginia, Texas and Georgia. She passed the Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) in December 2013. She loves to see the light bulbs go off when a child understands a new concept. It is the driving force to keep her engaged in elementary education. She began working at Odyssey in 2014, and has been an instrumental part of the school’s elementary staff. Rita is married to Doug and is the mother of three children. In her spare time, she loves to do anything related to animals. She has been known to rescue any and all animals.