Learning Designer, VERSO International School
Dr. Heidi Rhodes, is from Washington, USA. She previously taught in Guangzhou, China, and has a strong background in mathematics instruction, educational leadership, and curriculum and instruction. Heidi likes to say that she became a teacher in grade 9 when her Algebra teacher helped her to understand what it meant to really learn – to ask questions, seek connections, find patterns, and justify reasoning with evidence. When she tutored her friends, she realized that much of her education was about reciting answers rather than developing understanding. Her entire career as a teacher, instructional coach, mathematics and learning specialist, and curriculum coordinator has been centered on furthering her own understanding of what learning entails and working with adults and students to do the same.
Heidi demonstrates lifelong learning, earning her Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, a Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with educational leadership credentials, and a PhD in mathematics and science education.
When she isn’t working or studying, she loves to quilt and knit, spend time in nature, and travel. Heidi is married with two grown children. Having lived in China three times since 1988, she and her husband are very excited to be moving to Thailand and to be working at a school that is as passionate about providing real learning experiences for kids and adults as she is.