Welcome to J.E. Rhodes Elementary where we have a faculty and staff that are second to none! We have a team that is dedicated to helping all children reach their full potential.

We are committed to a partnership with the parents of our students and the members of our community in preparing our students academically and socially for a successful future. We have created a positive learning environment and offer quality instruction in every classroom to assure that each of our students is successful in developing a strong foundation in reading, writing, and math. We also serve as role models for our students to encourage them to make good choices and develop a strong work ethic to become successful adults with a desire for lifelong learning.

We welcome you to visit us at JER to participate in one of our many school activities, eat with your child, volunteer in a classroom, or visit our Parent Resource Room. At JER you are always WELCOME!

Jonnie Smith, Principal


"The child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn’t been, and until the end of the world will not be, another child like him."
-Pablo Casals


Message from the Assistant Principal - Mr. Pete Bell

Pete_Bell.jpgI’m honored to be a part of the Van ISD family and serve in my role as Assistant Principal for both J.E. Rhodes Elementary and Van Intermediate School.  I’m committed to serving all students, staff members, parents, and community members, as we partner together to create the best possible learning experience.  I believe every child has their own unique talents and abilities, and it is so much fun to watch them discover and enhance these skills. 

As I work through my eleventh year in education, I continue to learn so much from the students, and a day doesn’t go by without them making me laugh.  They inspire me to keep doing my best and to give them my best every day, without excuse. 

I look forward to an exciting and rewarding year as I get to know many students and families.  I appreciate all the support from the community and families, and I invite you to stop by our schools and see the amazing things our students and staff members are doing.