Rhonda Hyde is the 11th grade Biology and AP Biology teacher at Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep. Originally from the Bronx, New York, she attended Yale University where she earned her B.S. degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. She then continued on to graduate school at Harvard University, where she earned her Ph.D. in Neurobiology by studying the genetics of behavior using the model organism C. elegans. After graduate school, Dr. Hyde spent two years teaching in the Boston area before moving to Dallas to accept a post-doctoral research position at UT Southwestern Medical Center, where she contributed to research involving the genetics of lipid metabolism.
Although she enjoyed doing research, Dr. Hyde was always drawn to teaching, as she recognized how teachers have impacted her journey from growing up in a low-income neighborhood in New York City. In 2013, she transitioned to a high school teaching career, teaching Biology at Uplift Williams Preparatory (Dallas TX) and R.L. Turner High School (Carrollton TX). She loves teaching at Cristo Rey Dallas, where she is able to help students enjoy learning about science but more importantly, help them develop the character traits to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens.
In her free time, she likes to spend time reading, exploring the Dallas restaurant scene and taking group fitness classes.