Tim Odell

"Everest Education is about making real change in the Vietnamese education system. From the admin staff to the teachers to the CEOs, everyone has this one mission in mind. I have worked at a many international schools in Vietnam, but nowhere have I seen such a devoted group of people focused on the students' growth. At E2, I feel safe to voice my opinions and be heard. Although we work really hard and have many opportunities for professional development, we have fun in and outside of work. The relationships I have built here are life long relationships." 

Tim Odell
Head of Private Tutoring

On the journey back to Vietnam looking for his biological family, Tim met his wife and decided to stay. With his passion for teaching, so he plans to live here indefinitely. Tim has been teaching for more than four years and a member of E2 for a year. Get to know Tim and how he's working at E2

10 E2 Questions for Tim Odell

1. Share you background: Where did you grow up? Where did you go to university and what did you study?
Born in VN > adopted > grew up in the midwest (US). I went to Iowa State University with a major in Finance but started off my studies in education.


2. What is your favorite and least favorite Vietnamese food?
I like everything...but coffee, does that count as a food?


3. What brought you to Vietnam?
I wanted to find my biological family > I did. Met my wife during my visit. The paperwork for her to come to the states was too time consuming, so I decided to move here. I am following my passion for teaching, so we plan to live her indefinitely.


4. What made you decide to be a teacher?
Always wanted to be a teacher > believe that the best way to change Vietnam is through education. Also, my kids will be coming up through this system.


5. What was the biggest factor that made you choose E2?
The staff and our vision of change.


6. Can you describe E2's working environment in 3 words?
Commutative, Innovative, Fun.


7. What is the most helpful thing you've learned to improve your teaching at E2?
Fail fast and fail hard > get back up and make a change > change doesn't just happen, it takes work.


8. What is your most memorable teaching moment at E2?
It's not really a moment, rather a collection of time. It's the greatest feeling when students see their own growth and change their mindset from impossible to possible. This has been especially true with my Climber B class in D7. I've been with them since I joined E2.


9. What is your most memorable NON-teaching moment at E2? PG version, please.
Every opportunity I have to meet with other staff members in our one-on-one. I truly value their time and learning more about them.


10. What are you most looking forward to or optimistic about when it comes to your own future at E2 or E2's future in general?
I'm excited to see us grow. I still believe we can reach out to the ESL and other lower market.


Bonus Question:

If you had to be stuck on a dessert island with 1 member of E2 staff (teaching or operations team) who would it be? Why?

I wouldn't wish this on anyone. I guess if it came down to it, I would choose Tony since he is a doer.

So, what are you waiting for?