Teaching overseas can present many challenges and opportunities. When interviewed for the Stars and Stripes newspaper article about the hardest part of her job, O'Dell responded "there isn't a hardest part of teaching. I've wanted to be a teacher since the third grade. I'm doing what I enjoy doing and I get paid for it. So I'm fortunate."
O'Dell, who lists West Chester Pennsylvania as her home town, has a personal tie to Ball State's alumni association through her cousin, Charlotte Shepperd (BA'68/MA'75), editor of the ALUMNUS magazine.