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Rhoda Carothers was named Teacher of the Year for Mustang North Middle School. Carothers teaches seventh and eighth grade STEM/Robotics, seventh grade Math Skill Builders and eighth grade PATH (Positive Attitudes Towards Homework). She’s been teaching for 19 years, all of them at North.
Even when she was in first grade, teaching was something Carothers did naturally.
“My mother loves to tell the story about how even as a first grader I would mimic a teacher and read books to the toddlers at the church pre-school,” she said. “I also played school with my brother and would teach him what I was learning.”
Carothers wanted to teach high school English originally, but understood that was a narrow window.
“I switched to elementary education,” she said. “Then I stayed an extra semester and got my middle school endorsements so I could be more marketable.”
Carothers admits teaching is a hard profession.
“It’s funny how just one kid can give you enough fuel to keep coming back,” she said. “I love learning with my students. I find out new things every year.”
Carothers, who enjoys the outdoors, traveling and being with her family, is one of 16 site Teachers of the Year.