“That comes more with our technology,” Rhodes said. “They’re just more impatient.”
Cindy Gilliland, who has worked with Rhodes in the district her entire career, said her teaching methods are not typical, but are more hands-on and not by-the-book. She said Rhodes has tutored students in her classroom before school daily and also has worked with kids at their homes.
“She had a very vested interest in her students beyond just math and was interested in their lives and getting them into the work world,” Gilliland said. “She had a very genuine interest in helping students do their best.”
Rhodes said she would never flunk a student who was giving his all.
“The most frustrating are those students who have the ability and don’t use it, who don’t apply themselves,” Rhodes said.
During retirement Rhodes plans to tutor students, work with orphaned animals, travel, garden and volunteer with some of the programs she developed in the district.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Millikin University in 1965, an additional 100-plus credit hours in computer and geology courses from Southern Illinois University and Eastern Illinois University.
Experience: 35 years teaching beginning in the Danville school district from 1969 to 1974, then taught in the Georgetown-Ridge Farm School District from 1979 to present at both the junior high and high school levels.