Frances M. Rhodes
Northside Independent School District has a policy of naming elementary schools after the neighborhoods in which the school is located or in honor of individuals who have made a significant contribution to education.
The Northside ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name this school for Fran Rhodes. According to Superintendent Ed Rawlinson, "One of the greatest tributes we can make to educators who have devoted their lives to children is to name a school in their honor. There are literally thousands and thousands of children whose lives have been positively influenced by Fran Rhodes."
Fran Rhodes, served as the Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Administration prior to her retirement in 2000. Her career spanned 32 years, 28 of which have been serving the children of Northside ISD. She has also served as a teacher and principal. Rhodes was principal at Oak Hills Terrace and Fernandez Elementary Schools before becoming assistant superintendent.
Rawlinson adds, "Rhodes is loved and respected by teachers, principals, parents, and students in her various roles. She will be a positive role model for many more children in her new role as the school's namesake."
|Biography of Frances M. Rhodes||
Born October 29, 1936, in Leona, Texas.
Favorite Activities :
playing jacks, roller skating, attending summer church camp, playing school and tea parties with my Teddy Bear.
School Memories and Treasures :
Family Memories :
College and Early Adult Years:
1955 -1956 - Sophomore year - declared Education as my major.
1956-1957 - Junior year - work, school, church
1957-1958 - Senior year - work, school, church
Note: As you can imagine, these were busy years for us. In addition to carrying a full load at school, I worked as the secretary to the Purchasing Agent at Providence Hospital in Waco. Milton also carried a full load at Baylor while serving as Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Abbott, TX. working at a local service station on week nights and Town Services Moving Company on Saturdays and holidays. We made it! We graduated together in June of 1958.
1958-1959 - First Teaching position - 2nd grade - Louise Blanton Elementary School,
1959-1965 - Stay-at-home mom. Served as a substitute teacher every where we lived
1965-1967 - Kindergarten teacher at Eisenhower Baptist Church School in San
1967-1970 - 3rd grade teacher at Windcrest E.S. in North East ISD. ( I began this year as the P.E. teacher. There was no gym and all classes were held outside or in the cafeteria. My skin did not tolerate the constant wind and sun. A 3rd grade position became available at mid-term and I requested and got that position.)
1970-1972 - Graduate School at Our Lady of the Lake University. Received an M.Ed with a major in Curriculum and Instruction.
1972-1973 - 5th/6th grade teacher at Howsman E.S. (Called Shenandoah E.S.at that time. Shenandoah served as a model open-concept school .)
1973-1976 - Reading Specialist position - Opened Boone E.S. with a split assignment between Boone and the old Locke Hill E.S. In the year '75-'76, I served as the full-time Reading Specialist at Boone E.S.
1976-1982 - Region 20 Consultant and Director of the Professional Development Center for Individualized Instruction. This was the time that the first state mandated test was implemented. As a reading specialist, I had the awesome task of conducting training sessions for smaller districts in preparation of the TABS testing.
1982-1984 - Reading Specialist position at Rudder Middle School. I taught 7th and 8th grade students both years. Rudder opened in the fall of 1982 and I was privileged to be a member of that first faculty group.
1984-1985 - Vice Principal at Ed Cody E.S.
1985-1990 - Principal at Oak Hills Terrace Elementary School
1990- Jan. of 1996 - Principal at Raul B. Fernandez Elementary School. What an experience! Opening a new school as a teacher is exciting - and I opened two (Boone and Rudder). Opening a new school as a principal is another story. I loved it! What an exciting and exhausting experience! What great memories!
1996-2000 - Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Administration, Northside ISD.
June 2, 2006 - Milton and I celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.
Sister and Brother-in-law - Doris and Tom Moorhouse
Sharon Rhodes Morris and Bert - oldest daughter and husband
Cynthia Rhodes Langford and Paul - youngest daughter and husband