Sarah Catherine Rhodes is currently teaching an inclusive Pre-K class serving “at-risk” students alongside children with identified special needs. She participates in the NC Demonstration Preschool Program where she models best practices in the early childhood setting. Sarah Catherine graduated from Meredith College with a degree in Child Development and now serves as a mentor teacher for student interns.
Sarah Catherine has been teaching since 2010, but her introduction to Conscious Discipline occurred even earlier. While attending Meredith College, Sarah Catherine heard Dr. Bailey speak at a keynote in Raleigh. She knew immediately that she wanted to learn more, and she began practicing Conscious Discipline as a student intern. By the time Sarah Catherine had her own classroom, she already had a solid foundation in Conscious Discipline. She began seeking opportunities to attend events that would further develop her practice. Each year, Sarah Catherine has found ways to grow and stretch herself as she implements Conscious Discipline in both her classroom and personal life.
Using Conscious Discipline, Sarah Catherine has learned self-regulation skills that allow her to respond to her students from a place of problem-solving. She is able to give them her best self each day and be the teacher that they deserve. Sarah Catherine’s teaching abilities have not gone unnoticed: She was named the 2014 Teacher of the Year for Root Elementary School and the 2014 Arc of the Triangle Teacher of the Year. She is a mentor teacher to student interns from local universities and participates in the NC Demonstration Preschool Program, modeling best practices for early childhood educators.
Sarah Catherine’s favorite part of her job is front-loading the school’s youngest learners with Conscious Discipline, instilling lifelong self-regulation skills and a sense of self-worth. Outside of school, she uses Conscious Discipline as a basketball coach and youth leader, as well as in her personal life. Sarah Catherine is passionate about teaching the invaluable skills and powers of Conscious Discipline to others, including both current and future teachers.×