A Love for Everything Worthington


20 years ago, back in 1997, my dad was a government teacher at Thomas Worthington High School.  Dad had retired from the U.S. Secret Service and spent a few years teaching at TWHS.  

While teaching at Thomas Worthington one of dad’s students was a dynamic and driven young lady by the name of Jen Oderbrecht.  Jen was a soccer star as an athlete and a dedicated student.

A few years ago when it was announced in the Columbus Dispatch that I had been named Superintendent of Worthington Schools I received an email from an Olentangy Orange teacher.  That teacher was asking if I was related to her former teacher Dick Bowers.  I was, as that’s my dad, and that Olentangy Orange teacher turned out to be the former Jen Oderbrecht, now married as Jen Goebbel.  Jen and I talked several times via email and when a social studies teaching position opened at Thomas Worthington she moved home to Worthington from Olentangy.

Tonight the Worthington Board of Education approved Jen as the next athletic director at Thomas Worthington High School!.  How cool is that?  

Jen has demonstrated a deep understanding and love of everything Worthington. (Her license plate is TWCards) She is an alumnus (TWHS class of 1998), a resident, a parent, and a dedicated employee. She lives steps from the TWHS campus. Jen has an accomplished athletic background playing goalkeeper for the 1997 state runner-up TWHS soccer team, as well as playing collegiate soccer at Rollins College (FL). She credits sports as one of her main reasons for being able to attend college and as a strong motivator for maintaining strong academics while in high school. There aren’t many people who feel as deeply and personally passionate about the value of interscholastic athletics and their impact on school culture, kids, and an athlete’s personal success.

Jen spent several years as an Assistant coach in Dublin, and in 2008, started the Olentangy Orange HS girls soccer program when the school opened. She amassed a 65-39-7 record in six seasons as the head coach. OOHS was the D-2 District runner-up in 2008 and D-1 District runner-up in 2011 and 2012.

Jen just completed her second year teaching Social Studies at TWHS after spending most of her career teaching Social Studies at OOHS. Jen resides in Worthington with her husband Kyle and two children.

Our Cardinal athletic department will be in good hands with Jen!

  • Trent Bowers, Superintendent

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