After working 11 years both as an Assistant Food Director and the Student Labor Coordinator, Toni Odenthal is retiring from Campion Academy. In these years she was responsible for managing the placement of students and interviewing them to find what job fits best. After school lets out, she plans on being the primary construction supervisor as she oversees the building of her new home.
Over the years, Odenthal worked closely with students, teaching them about becoming better workers, and had a strong impact on many students’ lives.
“Mrs. O made an impact in my life by encouraging me to do what makes me happy and to become who I want to become. She showed me how important self love is and most importantly how my image in God's eyes is the only one that counts. She is such a loving woman and no matter how far I am, I know that I have her on my side,” reflected alumnus Kryssie Starrett.
“Mrs. O, also known as Mama, made a huge impact in my life. She believed in me when I felt that no one else did. She cared for me when I was sick and crippled, and most importantly she pushed me to become a better version of myself. I’m forever thankful that God put such a loving, caring and lively person in my life,” said alumnus Jacqueline Morales.
Many students commented on Odenthal’s ever-present smile and positive attitude. “She has always been a positive and cheerful role model to anyone around her since the moment I met her, always saying nice things to others, and always caring about everyone around her. I’ve seen how much she cares about the students here at Campion,” remarked Jordyn Dennison, Odenthal’s current student worker.
“I will always remember cracking jokes with her in the office and sharing sweets with her after a long day,” Dennison continued. “She has always seen the best in me and others and pushed me to the greatest I could be. She has cared for me like a mother and I’ve cherished every second with her. This campus has been greatly impacted by her presence and will miss her dearly; I know for a fact I will.”
Odenthal gave some final words of advice, “I just want students to know just how much I care about them, as well as knowing even if they're not amazing academically, putting forth effort and working hard in everything they do will definitely pay off. They can always look to God for guidance and there’s so many staff that will do anything for them.”
Bentlee Barry, Student News Team