• Things You Should Know About Mrs. Thomas:Summer Travels
     
                                   
    Penny
     
    1.  I'm a local! I have lived my entire life in Lake View, and I absolutely love teaching students from my own community. I have been married for 9 years to Eric. We have a tiny, tiny dog named Penny pictured here. We have a daughter, Bryson Claire who is 4 1/2,  and her brother, Forest, is 3.
     
     

    2.My favorite outside-of-school activity is traveling to new places where we can hike, bike, kayak, and enjoy nature. 
    I love to be outside doing anything in the sun, rain, snow, or storm. When it comes to teaching,  I wish I had a classroom with no walls; both literally and figuratively.
       
    3. I am a true bibliophile (a lover of books especially for qualities of format;also:a book collector -Webster's Definition), and I also love to write. My #1 bucket list item is to have a book published.
      
     
    4. I am definitely what is called a "life-long learner". I hold an Educational Specialist and Master's degree in Gifted/Talented education. I am very passionate about this field because the practices in GT encourage students to broaden their thinking and expand upon their current knowledge to fulfill and go beyond their abilities. However, I believe that this is a rationale for all students and strive to teach every student in this way. 
     
     
    5. I really love to have fun. And that's what we are going to do.
     

     
    Education:
    2013: Ed.S. Gifted and Talented Education- University of Alabama 
    2010: M.A. Gifted and Talented Education- University of Alabama
    2009: B.S. Elementary Education- University of Alabama

     
    Experience:
    2009- 2012: Fourth Grade, Lake View Elementary
    2012- 2016:  Fifth Grade, Lake View Elementary 
    2016-Present: Gifted Specialist, Lake View Elementary, Vance Elementary, Brookwood Elementary