Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Wichita State University Gifted Endorsement Early Childhood Education Endorsement SEI Endorsement

Mrs. Thompson

Welcome to Third Grade!
I’m looking forward to another exciting year teaching third grade at Legend Springs and working with some amazing students.  I’m originally from Kansas, but have called Arizona home since 2007.  I have always wanted to be a teacher, so this is my dream job.  I come from a family of educators, with one of my grandmothers having taught in a one room schoolhouse. 
About me:
•27th year in education
•Taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th grades
•Gifted Cluster teacher in the Paradise Valley and Dysart school districts
•AVID instructional coach
•Director of Education at Sylvan Learning Centers
•Mircrosoft Innovative Educator
♥ LOVES to read
Problem-solving and critical thinking are important components of my classroom in which I have implemented through computer programmingSTEAM and the Genius Hour.  I'm a member of the Be Kind People Project's Education Council and the Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented.  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family exploring all the wonderful outdoor experiences Arizona has to offer.  You will always find me with a book.  I'm passionate about helping students become lifelong readers.  I have a Yorkie named Ashby and a Tabby named Winston.
It is my goal to provide a learning environment that encourages all students to think critically, develop problem-solving skills, and to feel confident in their learning. I truly believe that "education is a journey, not a destination."  
Mrs. Thompson