Monroe Middle School is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Odell Santos as the new Dean of
Mr. Santos brings over 15 years of experience at all levels of Education. Most
recently, as the Activities Director at South Sioux City High School where he resides
with his wife Sarah and their two children Jonah (12) and Jocelyn (10). His passion
for education has assisted in empowering and motivating the next generation of
citizens in California and Nebraska. He is now excited about the opportunity to
continue to empower and motivate students at Monroe Middle School.
Mr. Santos began his career after the completion of his bachelor’s degree at Wayne
State as the interim director of the Multicultural Center and distance learning Spanish
teacher. With his commitment to being a lifelong learner he pursued double masters
degrees in Sports Administration (‘02) and Secondary Administration (‘05) with
Wayne State College.
Upon completion of his master’s programs Mr. Santos and his wife moved to California. His experience at Steve
Garvey Jr High, within the Lindsay Unified School District, ignited a passion to engage in the education of Middle
School students. After several years in California, Odell and Sarah knew Nebraska was where they wanted to raise
their children. Upon returning to Nebraska, Mr. Santos embraced his passion for all students and has held positions as
an assistant principal, principal and most recently activities director. It’s these experiences along with his work ethic
and being bilingual that have developed many of his beliefs and values and have further reinforced his desire to be part
of the Middle School team at Monroe.
Mr. Santos: “I’m excited about being the Dean of Students at Monroe MS for many reasons. The two main reasons
are having the opportunity to be a part of a quality middle school team of Administrators and Staff and being able to
continue to empower and motivate students every day. I also understand that core values guide and govern how we
work together. Two core values that I will continue to support at Monroe Middle School are Teamwork and Excellence.
I am looking forward to working collaboratively in the pursuit of achieving goals with the highest quality for the
Mustangs. I also know that success is established through commitment to student excellence and building positive
relationships is critical. I’m excited to be part of Monroe Middle school. Go Mustangs!”