Clara Rhoades joined New Schools for Baton Rouge in September 2019. Before moving to Louisiana, Clara graduated from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she earned a BA degree in Liberal Arts. While St. John’s College utilizes the Great Books Program and does not technically have majors, Clara graduated with a credit equivalency double major in Philosophy and History of Math and Science and a credit equivalency double minor in Comparative Literature and Classical Studies. The Great Books Program instilled in her a profound love for philosophy and literature, especially Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own. Elizabeth is perhaps the first student in her alma mater’s history to have successfully written and defended two senior theses—the second one completely of her own desire and volition.
Clara’s passion for education inspires her to be a life-long learner, and she hopes to spark a similar passion for learning in everyone she meets. Education is in Clara’s genes; her parents and grandparents on both sides have dedicated their lives to education in different capacities. Clara hopes to one day be a successful author, and you can often find her perusing jewelry displays at various gem and mineral shows throughout Baton Rouge.
Her love for sea salt caramels covered in dark chocolate is unrivaled.