Dr. Rhodes has been an educator at all levels of education from elementary school to college since 1999. As a positive psychologist with an emphasis in educational psychology, her teaching philosophy revolves around the precepts of positive psychology which focus on the 24 Character Strengths and Virtues which include perseverance, grit, honesty, integrity, compassion, wisdom, humor, spirituality, tenacity, goal-setting, and self-actualization. Dr. Rhodes maintains high levels of rigor in her classrooms through the incorporation of higher ordered critical thinking and self-reflection. Academic endeavor is balanced with laughter and critical analysis. Dr. Rhodes encourages every student to achieve his/her personal, optimal best in order to attain individual dreams and aspirations. Dr. Rhodes teaches English courses, college test preparation, reading and writing labs, and coaches the Ethics Bowl team.Dr. Rhodes holds a BA in English and the humanities from the University of Colorado, Denver; a BA in psychology and linguistics from Metropolitan State University, Denver; an MS in School Counseling and Human Services from the University of Phoenix; and a Ph.D. in psychology, positive psychology and education emphasis, from Walden University. She is married and has adult daughters who are professional cartoonists and educators.