About Mrs. Barbara Chordas Rhodes...
Position: Grade 6 Math Teacher
Team/Department: Grade 6 - Math
Welcome! I am excited to be part of the Basha family and especially the 6th grade teaching team! I moved to Chandler, AZ from Wallingford, CT in 2018. I had lived in New England my entire life (except for a 3 year period; where I lived in Sulphur Springs, TX during my early high school years). I have always felt lucky to have had the experiences of moving during my early academic years, as it exposed me to so many people and experiences I would not have otherwise have had.
My Education and Professional Background
I graduated in 1990 from SCSU with my Bachelor of Science Degree. In 1995, I graduated from Sacred Heart University with an Advanced Certification Degree in Elementary Education. I received my Master's Degree in Education from SCSU in 2009. In 2011 and 2012, I engaged in American Voices grant work in the areas of Social Studies and Literacy. In 2015 I was awarded a Fund for Teachers grant and became an FFT Fellow. Over the 20 years I taught in CT, I had the pleasure of serving on my School Leadership Team; as well as the District's Leadership Team. I began my teaching career in 1998; and have been teaching at Basha Elementary since 2018.
My Educational Philosophy
I believe in the importance of meeting my students, where they are at . I believe that all students learn differently and therefore, should be given the opportunity to learn in a way that works best for them. I also believe that with those opportunities comes an expectation of personal responsibility from our learners. Facilitating instruction under our National and State Standards, I will encourage, enrich and challenge each of my students. My students can expect to learn in a safe, compassionate, fair and challenging daily environment. They can also expect to be held to, and supported in, high daily standards; not only in the area of academics, but also in the areas of personal accountability and growth mindset. I look forward to working with my students as they work on creating, monitoring, and succeeding in their personal learning and behavioral goals throughout their academic year.
The Choice is Yours! Why Choose Basha Elementary?
The teachers and staff at Basha are here to ensure that every one of our students are going to be successful in their journey as a learner and positive contributor to their community.