Dr. Kirk Rhodes
M.P.A. Public Administration, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale 2002
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Special Education, Walden University, Minneapolis, MN 2015
Dr. Kirk Rhodes served as a Tactical Circuit Controller in the United States Army from 1989 to 1997. Before beginning his career at The Gow School, he also worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Africana Studies Department at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and as an Account Executive at L.M. Berry & Company in Brentwood, Tennessee. In 2015, Dr. Rhodes earned his Ph.D. in Special Education from Walden University. He researched "Self-Perception as a Predictor of Academic Performance in Adolescents with Learning Disabilities" and earned membership to Walden's Golden Key International Honour Society.
At Gow, Dr. Rhodes teaches Global Studies 1 (Non-Western Civilization) and Advanced Humanities. Also, he coaches the Modified Lacrosse team and advise the Culture Committee. One of his students nominated him for the 2009 Great Teachers: Making a Difference Award presented by WQLN Radio Erie, Pennsylvania and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Outside of the classroom, Dr. Rhodes has a variety of interests including sociology, psychology, quantum physics, lacrosse, weight lifting, and Star Wars. He has traveled to Spain, Thailand, and the People’s Republic of China, and he has a working knowledge of German and Spanish. Dr. Rhodes is a member of Blazing Star Lodge #694 in East Aurora, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Shriners International, and True Bethel Baptist Church in Buffalo, New York.