Michelle Balhorn Rhodes, an early childhood education expert who lives in Ahwatukee, has been named the new director of God’s Garden Preschool.
Rhodes holds her doctorate in early childhood education from Arizona State University, where she also obtained her masters and bachelor’s degrees.
A training consultant for Child Care Resource & Referral, Child and Family Resources, Inc. in Tucson, Rhodes was a faculty member at Glendale Community College and had been the owner and lead teacher of a preschool in Las Vegas.
She has studied adult learning styles, Arizona early childhood education regulations and accreditation, theories of early childhood development and education, and related subjects.
Rhodes also has been taught and worked with a diverse array of young children and their families, including children with autism, according to a release.
She has not only worked directly with children in licensed preschool centers, but also in various community settings, including Leaps and Bounds, a family-interactive kindergarten readiness program for families with preschool aged children. She also has developed a number of courses at ASO in early childhood education.
An outreach of Horizon Presbyterian Church, God's Garden, 1401 Liberty Lane, Ahwatukee, provides “a positive and supportive Christian learning environment” through preschool and kindergarten programs for children ages 2 to 5 years, the release stated.