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Betsy Rhodes

Mrs. Betsy Rhodes joined the faculty of James River in 2010 as a fourth grade teacher. Beginning in 2014, Mrs. Rhodes now teaches kindergarten. Beyond her regular teaching duties, Betsy shares her creative passions in JRDS summer camps where she helps students up-cycle furniture, learn embroidery and monogramming, and develop their reading skills while having fun.

Born in Lynchburg, Betsy grew up on a farm in Amherst County. Betsy knew at a young age that being a teacher was a life goal. Her mother was an elementary school teacher, and Betsy admired the skill and compassion that teaching entails. She remembers watching her mother being stopped and hugged by people around town exclaiming with smiles, "You were my fifth grade teacher!" These brief exchanges had a real impact and taught Betsy the power of making connections through education.

Betsy attended Virginia Episcopal School, where she met the young man who would later become her husband. Upon graduation from V.E.S., Betsy went to Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC and earned her B.A. in English and elementary education. After college, Betsy married her high school sweetheart, Bruce, and moved to Charleston, SC. There, she taught her first class of preschool students and had her first child. In 2004, the Rhodes returned to Lynchburg, because they agreed it was the perfect place to raise their family of two daughters!

Betsy shared that being both a parent and teacher at James River has given her the gift of the most supportive and welcoming community where she and her family can grow, thrive, and learn!