Staff Profile: Grace Rhodes

Vicky Tsur


Did you know that as well as her years of hard work and dedication at Hausner, Office Manager Grace Rhodes is a Hausner parent, too? We caught up with her and heard about her family, her role at the school, her meaningful tattoos, and more. Read on to learn about the heartwarming explanation behind her favorite Hebrew word. 

 

1. How long have you lived in the Bay Area, where did you come from and what brought you here?

I have lived in the Bay Area my whole life! I was born and raised here. For most of my life, I lived in Redwood City, which has changed a lot!
 

2. What is your role at Hausner and how long have you been here? 

Currently, my role at Hausner is the Office Manager / Business Associate. Generally, I’m involved in some of the school operations and ensuring the front offices run smoothly. This requires lots of smiles and even more bandaids! Hausner has been my work home for 7 years.


3. What was the highlight of your working week?

Now that my step-son attends Hausner, the highlight of my work week is having the ability to join him during Kabbalat Shabbat. That time is filled with lots of hugs, excitement, and it’s the start of our weekend. 


4. What do you do when you're not at work?

When I’m not at work, I spend a lot of time going to and from my oldest son’s sporting events. While some people might not enjoy that, it’s so exciting for me! It’s something we all attend as a family and it goes well with my competitive nature. 


5. What do you think you would do if you didn’t work at Hausner?

Aside from taking a really early retirement?! I would probably like to pursue a cosmetology license. I’ve always enjoyed doing hair and makeup and I think it’s something I’m good at.  


6. Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

My arm tattoos are dedicated to my family and our memories. I have a poem that my sister used to read to me when I was younger, and I also have the sheet music to my favorite Prince song. Prince is my all-time favorite artist! When he passed, my sister and I both got his sheet music as memories dedicated to the song our mother shared with us (Starfish and Coffee). I have more to add, but the whole idea is dedicated to my family. 


7. What is your favorite Hebrew word?

My favorite Hebrew word would be hamoodi. It’s one of the first words I truly caught on to. Though I wasn’t sure of the meaning, it was always expressed from parents to children with such compassion and love. When I later found out it essentially translates to sweetie, I decided it would be my special nickname for my step-son Carter. It’s not only special because of the meaning, but it gives us a connection to something only he is studying out of everyone in our household: Hebrew. 

 

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