Odette Susan Jack
Associate Academic Assessor
Born and raised on the multi-island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Odette Migrated to England as a teenager to further her education which began with a diploma in Computer Studies, leading to a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science in 2006 from Brunel University. Odette decided to return to education after her first child where she gained a BSc (Hons) in Health Services Management with Business Management in 2014 from University of East London (UEL). Upon graduating, she worked at UEL as a Learning and Achievement Advisor (Academic Advisor) for her graduating school (Health, Sports and Bio Science).
During her 3 year tenure as a LAA, Odette completed an MA in Education, Health Promotion and International Development from the Institute of Education UCL, as well as a PGCert Learning at Teaching in Higher Education from the University of East London (both with distinctions).
Odette started teaching in higher education in 2017 at London Metropolitan University as an Associate Lecturer teaching modules at levels 5, 6, and 7 and supervising dissertation students. In 2018, she also started working at UEL as a lecturer in Public health. Prior to this, Odette’s experience in teaching was at FE level where she taught on computer courses for about 7 years (between 2000 and 2007).
Odette believes in the teachings of the esteemed Paulo Freire who teaches about education for the development of critical consciousness and ultimately education for transformation. A favourite quote of Freire that influences her style of teaching is: ‘Education must begin with the solution of the teacher-student contradiction by reconciling the poles of the contradiction so that both are simultaneously teachers and students’. She stands firm in her convictions that our students are not simply empty vessels to be filled with information/knowledge, but people who bring a wealth of experience to the classroom where learning and teaching flows both ways.
Odette is very interested in conducting action research in the Caribbean on mental health issues particularly pertaining to women and children who have suffered sexual and other violence.